One of the most difficult things to do is choose the right method with which to heat water in your home. This is because there are a variety of techniques to choose from which could even confuse you. From the outset, you could use heaters that use electricity to warm water. They are available in large numbers. There are other people who use propane to heat their water. That could also be an option. Apart from that, there are methods that use solar energy to heat water. Now that one sounds more effective. However, one option that is effective and is being used by many people is geothermal power. With geothermal power, there are two kinds, those that are pressurized and the non pressurized flow centers.
Even from the term geothermal, you can already guess how this system functions. Naturally, it uses heat emanating from the earth to heat water. Actually, the process is unique, simple and complex at the same time. It is simple in the sense that it employs natural resources to heat up water. One may not need to spend so much in terms of paying electricity bills or buying propane to heat water. The process begins when water flows into the earth. In other cases, it is pumped into the earth from where magma which is always molten rocks below the earth will heat up the water. The water is then transferred into your home for your personal use. You can get this water under pressure or non-pressurized. Whether you want the pressurized or the non-pressurized system installed, it is still possible. It all depends on your needs. However, it is important you understand both of them before you choose on one. One thing remains constant for these two systems. They are very efficient in use of energy.
If you decide to install the non-pressurized loop, there are several advantages attached to it. Firstly, it is less costly to fix it in comparison to the pressurized system. Furthermore, you may have all the loops installed inside your mechanical room! This may not ring a bell to you but it is very helpful. You will suffer less from blockages that come as a result of valves shutting down. The loops in this system are normally open. Again this is an advantage to you as the homeowner as you can add extra fluid without calling for experts to help you. Its design is also much simpler making it easy to modify.
Having looked at the several advantages associated with the non-pressurized system, it is now time to look the other way. Let us focus on some of the reasons you may now want to install the system in the first place. The method is prone to leaks. The first reason as to why the leaks could take place is when the pipes are made out of PVC. They are so easy to leak out which could mean constant repairs and high maintenance costs. This system may also call for constant checking of the fluid levels. This requirement is another reason that causes leaks to occur.
We all know about the hazardous chemicals. For instance, methanol and antifreeze feature among the list of dangerous chemicals. Unfortunately, they are very essential in the running of this system. This means that in case of any negligence, so much damage could occur. The system is naturally slow for the reason that there is no pressure pushing the liquids. As much as it is cost saving, it has its own disadvantages. For instance, the slow movement of fluids allows for bacteria to grow. This means that you will have to constantly clean the system. As if that is not enough, the low pressure system cannot take water in high buildings. This implies that the system is limited to some extent. Only those who live in short buildings can use it. Another disadvantage with the system is that it is not aesthetic. The picture of exposed pipes is not very appealing.
Those who advocate for the pressurized system refer to it as being more organized and being neat. The first thing about this method is that it employs a two connection system instead of three. One could think the more the connections the better the method. But that is not the case here. With two connections, there are less chances of complications coming up. In case the system gets dirty, it is very easy to clean. It has a pressurized flush system that automatically gets rid of the dirt. This means that the method is time saving since it does not require too much manual work. By reducing the amount of manual work on the system, it is less likely to have it getting destroyed. The more people handle any system, the more it gets prone to spoiling. Again, one is less exposed to methanol or antifreeze which are dangerous to humans.
However, just like any other system, it also has its own flaws. Maybe it is the reason why some people prefer its sister system. The first disadvantage with this system is that it is very costly to install. Apart from the installation costs, this system is more likely to become faulty. This time it is not due to human faulting but due to the heating. Heating results into natural expansion while cooling causes contraction. Therefore, continuous heating and cooling can cause it to falter. However, the technicality to solving that issue is re-pressurizing the entire system. Again, it is not easy to detect where a problem has occurred until an interior manifold is used.
When you are choosing the geothermal flow center to heat up water in your home, you will have two options. You may choose the non-pressurized systems since they are less costly and easier to maintain but prone to leaks and growth of bacteria on the other hand. Choosing the pressurized systems would mean you are choosing a more expensive system. However, they are organized and are not prone to complications.