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Using Geothermal Energy: What is it?

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You’ve probably heard of geothermal heating before, but what does it actually mean? “Geo-” means “earth,” and “thermal” means “heat.” There are two types of geothermal heating:

1. High-grade (direct). Three examples of high-grade geothermal heating include geysers like Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, which erupts every 92 minutes; hot springs such as Warm Mineral Springs in North Port, Florida, which has water at 87° Fahrenheit that feeds the lake; and power plants like the ones in California that use steam from deep wells to turn turbines to produce electricity.

“Geothermal heat pumps work anywhere in the United States.”

2. Low-grade (indirect). Symbiont Service uses low-grade, or indirect, heating to operate our heating and cooling systems. Low-grade geothermal energy is free energy below the Earth’s surface which we move to where the heat is needed using a heat pump. How does a heat pump work? A heat pump is a mechanical device that uses a refrigerant to move heat from a source (such as a well), to a heat sink (a place where heat is needed) such as a pool or spa. Geothermal heat pumps work anywhere in the United States.

Symbiont Service uses a heat pump called the Symbiont, which was originally designed by my father, Roy King, here in Englewood, Florida. The first Symbiont was installed in the early 1980s. We use Symbiont geothermal heat pumps to heat pools at locations across the Florida area—YMCAs, schools, universities, both city and county pools, residentials, and hundreds of condominiums.

Please reach out to us by calling or emailing if you are interested in a consultation to find out if geothermal heating is the right application for you, and if it is, we’ll provide a complementary survey of your pool for an installation estimate. We look forward to helping you.

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Does An Attached Garage Impact Indoor Air?

An attached garage is an ideal addition to a home — especially in Englewood, Florida. An attached garage allows you to park your car in out of the heat and the elements and lets you easily carry groceries or other items from the car to the house without having to brave the elements yourself. Have you ever wondered, “does an attached garade impact indoor air quality?” It might.indoor air quality

With an attached garage, any item — air or debris — that gets into the garage can more easily enter your home. This can be an issue especially if you store chemicals in the car. When you have an attached garage, you want to refrain from running your vehicle in the garage as this can fill your home with vehicle exhaust and dangerous air pollutants.

Improve the indoor air quality of your Florida home when you make changes to your attached garage:

Does An Attached Garage Impact Indoor Air?

  • When possible, keep the garage door opened so fresh air can get in and contaminated air can escape. Keep the windows open as well to allow for air circulation.
  • Don’t ever run the vehicle in the garage — especially with the door closed. When you do this you will be allowing a build up of carbon monoxide and other emossions from the vehicle into the car and the house.
  • Contaminants, cleaning products and chemicals shouldn’t be stored in an attached garage. Store chemicals, including: pesticides, chemicals, paint, gasoline, cleaning items and other unhealthy materials in a separate storage unit. If you don’t have access to an additional storage area, store harmful chemicals in a clearly marked airtight container.
  • Store lawnmowers in a separate storage area if possible.
  • Adding an ehaust fan to the garage will help remove harmful emissions and keep the air quality higher in the garage and in your home as well. This is especially important if you don’t have a separate storage area for the lawnmower and chemicals.
  • Make certain your house and attached garage are sealed and that any adjoining walls are pr0perly sealed as well. If your attached garage is unfinished, add insulation and drywall between the house and the garage; this will provide a barrier to air pollutants and keep them from entering the home.

We have tips on how homeowners in Englewood, Florida can improve their home’s indoor air quality. Contact us for indoor air quality, geothermal or HVAC questions at Symbiont Service Corp.

We educate customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

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Is Your Home A Candidate For GeoThermal Energy?

Saving money on home heating and cooling costs is something that the geothermal energy professionals from Symbiont Service Corp talk wtih homeowners about. You may wonder, “is your home a candidate for geothermal energy?” This is something that our geothermal energy professionals can help determine.

What is a geothermal system?

It is one designed to take advantage of natural heat found below the surface of the earth — it’s naturally occuring heat. The earth’s heat is economical and environmentally-friendly. The two factors of environmentally-friendly and being economical to operate are the reasons many Englewood, Florida homeowners are making the switch to geothermal energy to heat and cool their homes. Read More »

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