Community Heat Pump Systems

Tap Into the Potential Right Under Your Feet with a Ground Source Heat Pump

Whether you have fast approaching climate targets or are looking to meet future consumer demands, a ground source (or geothermal) heat pump system can help you reach your goals. Funding opportunities are available to help college campuses, large medical facilities, and residential real estate developers determine if a ground source or geothermal heat pump system is a good option for their current buildings or future projects.

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In New York State, installations have ranged from single family homes to 500,000-square-foot office buildings. Medical facilities and schools are particularly good applications for ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems due to consistently high occupancy, fluctuating usage schedules, and widely varying heating and cooling requirements within individual zones, such as offices and classrooms, that are difficult to meet efficiently with conventional systems.

Benefits of a Ground Source Heat Pump

  • Reduces heating and cooling costs with a non-fossil fuel source
  • Requires minimal maintenance and has a longer life span
  • Creates a more comfortable environment for working, living, and learning with quiet, even heating and cooling
  • Enables temperature customization and control for different spaces in your building
  • Reduces your environmental impact with no combustion of fossil fuels, fuel storage, or carbon monoxide emissions

How Do Ground Source Heat Pumps Work?

Just a few feet beneath the earth’s surface the underground temperature is a steady 54°F year-round. A GSHP uses this steady temperature to heat buildings in the winter and cool them in the summer. How? When the air outside is cold, GSHPs move the heat from the earth into the buildings they serve, and when it’s hot outside, they move heat from those same buildings into the earth. In addition to tapping into geothermal energy, GSHPs can utilize other sources of consistent temperature – including nearby bodies of water and wastewater facilities.

Funding is available to help you determine not only if a GSHP will be a good fit for your heating and cooling needs, but also which GSHP applications are best suited for buildings’ needs. There are two primary system types:

  • District Heat Pump Systems: One system that serves multiple buildings in a designated area – such as a college campus or residential real estate development.
  • Single Building Heat Pump Systems: A smaller system that serves one building.

If you’re interested in learning more about GSHPs or are interested in potential funding opportunities please contact us at district.thermal@nyserda.ny.gov