There are a variety of different ways to heat water for one’s home. One could do it via electricity, solar powered water heaters, or propane versions. One other kind of option is a geothermal flow center. Two different types exist, one relying on water pressure to operate and those that rely on natural forces.
Drawing up heat from the earth, this device then utilizes this energy to warm up water for the home. The magma below heats the above ground, and any pipes that have water flowing through them in the earth will become heated up. After this is done, the water is brought into the home, either being pumped or by using natural forces. This tends to be very energy efficient, and two different systems exist. Each has positive and negative factors.
Non-pressurized loops gain several benefits. One is that the cost of installation is small in comparison to pressurized ones. It can easily be installed inside a mechanical room, and shut off valves help to prevent any blockages from occurring. If fluid needs to be added, the system is fairly easy to access and modify.
Many negative factors come with this type of design. Leaks can occur if the pipes are PVC, or if a person constantly removes the lid to check the amount of fluid inside. Dangerous materials such as methanol and antifreeze are needed for this system, and bacteria can easily grow in the relatively slow moving water. It does not appeal to the eyes well, and it has limitations as to the height the water can be processed.
Pressurized loop systems tend to be a better organized design. Two flow connections exist as opposed to three. This can reduce the possibility of complications occurring. Removing dirt is much easier, as it comes with a flushing device, and thus damage is greatly reduced as well. Owners are also protected from dangerous chemicals, as methanol or antifreeze are not needed.
One disadvantage of this sort of system is that the cost is much more expensive. When temperature changes occur, the pipes tend to become warped, which can lead to the system obtaining some damages and possibly stop working. This can be solved by re-pressurizing the pipes. However, if something occurs, finding it becomes more difficult since there is no interior manifold.
A decision can be made between two different kinds of geothermal flow centers. Pressurized types are more organized and tend to have less complications, but are much more expensive. Non-pressurized kinds tend to be cheaper, but are more fragile and can leak more easily. Depending on one’s needs, considering these factors can help one make the right purchase for heating up their home’s water.