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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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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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Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality

Air conditioning is great — if you’re trying to keep cool in the summer. Your furnace is ideal for keeping your family warm in the winter. If you’re spending a lot of time indoors with the windows and doors closed we have tips to improve indoor air quality. Breathing fresh clean air is, naturally crucial to good health. If you’re a homeowner with pets in the home, you are also adding an additional layer of potential contaminants you’re breathing in while you’re indoors. Read More »

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Save Money On Home Energy Costs

Saving money is something that every homeowner and swimming pool owner we talk to mentions as a number one priority. When our experienced geo-thermal service contractors pay a home visit, we want to do what we can to help you achieve home comfort in an energy efficient manner. Save money on home energy costs while keeping everyone who lives in the home happy and comfortable is doable — if you take a few simple steps.

You don’t have to give up comfort to save money, nor do you (or should you) have to spend inordinate amounts of money in order to be comfortable, whether it’s summer, fall, winter or spring. We know that you don’t have to sacrifice savings for comfort nor do you have to worry that every dollar you save will bring someone in the home physical discomfort. Read More »

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Efficient Ways To Heat Your Florida Swimming Pool

Efficient Ways To Heat Your Florida Swimming Pool

If you live in Florida and have a swimming pool you may be looking for efficient ways to heat your Florida swimming pool so you can extend your swim time. Using a swimming pool heat pump will serve to heat the water in an energy-efficient way.

How does a heat pump work?

A heat pump transfers heat from one area to another, through electricity. A heat pump doesn’t generate heat. It uses the ambient air to heat the pool water by pulling the air into a heat pump, warming it and transferring that heat to your pool water. To maximize savings you will want to work with a pool professional to assure the heat pump you have installed is properly sized to your unique pool. Read More »

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Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat?

Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat

Chances are you have heard about the advances in technology and have wondered should you get a programmable thermostat, we believe they are a great investment for homeowners in Florida. We have found that many homeowners that we work with are making a change to programmable thermostats and other high-tech home appliances and equipment.

A programmable thermostat works day and night, winter and summer and helps homeowners reduce their utility bills. How? Because many of us forget to turn the thermostat down when we leave the house or when we go to bed. A programmable thermostat relieves that burden of having to remember because it will turn down or up based on the times you have set. There are even “smart thermostats” on the market that will “learn” your habits and will turn up or down based on your lifestyle.

Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat?

Here are items to consider if you’re thinking of an upgrade to a programmable thermostat:programmable thermostat

  1. As mentioned newer programmable thermostats are sophisticated and will link to your smart phone. The thermostat will let you know how long it takes to reach the comfort level you’ve set for heating or cooling. After you’ve set the thermostat it will adjust based on your habits.
  2. Newer thermostats are digital. It may be an odd feeling when your thermostat will “determine” that your room or home is too hot or cold and will adjust accordingly back to the temperature you had preset.
  3. Digital thermostats will also update you — in the smart phone app — as to when the heater or air conditioner was on and for how long.

How can you save energy and save money with a programmable thermostat? 

If you’re not home during the day the programmable thermostats should be adjusted to reflect the fact that there is no need to heat or cool the home while you’re gone. If you reduce the setting on your thermostat by 10° to 15° for eight to ten hours per day (while you’re at work or school) you could potentially save up to 15% on your utility bill annually. The best part is that no one will be complaining they are too hot or too cold because no one is home!

When investing in a programmable thermostat do some research to determine what features you want in the system. You may just want one that is purely programmable, you may want one that sends you alerts, some of them will also tell you when to change the filters in the furnace or air conditioner. If you want your heating and air conditioning unit to operate at peak efficiency — and who doesn’t? — changing filters is a necessary task.

If you invest in a programmable thermostat you may spend upwards of $100 or more depending on the features you want, but you will see a return on your investment in the savings you reap on your utility bills.

The goal of the #GeoThermal experts at Symbiont Services is to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here to download a free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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Benefits Of An Air Conditioner Inspection

Benefits Of An Air Conditioner Inspection

Summer may be a distant memory, but as anyone who lives in Florida knows, it will be back and you will want to be certain your home is going to be cool throughout the heat and humidity of a Florida summer. The benefits of an air conditioner inspection are many and there is no reason not to schedule one right now. Scheduling an air conditioner inspection with the professionals from Symbiont Service Corp means you can get on their calendar now, have the unit inspected and have no worries when summer makes its way back into the area. Read More »

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Is Your Pool Water Cool In The Morning?

Is Your Pool Water Cool In The Morning?

Following this long, hot summer and the passing of Labor Day, Florida pool owners may be faced with pool water that is cool in the morning. There are many ways to address this, one of which is by adding geo-thermal units to the pool. This will keep the water at a temperature that is enjoyable for you and your family.

Is Your Pool Water Cool In The Morning?

pool water cool in the morning Florida pool owners know they are lucky in the fact that they don’t always have to consider closing their pools once Labor Day rolls around. Labor Day is the traditional pool-closing time in many areas of the country. Labor Day, as many pool owners understand marks the typical “end of summer” and many pool owners work with their pool service contractors to get the pool ready for the long winter months ahead. If you’re not ready to say good-bye to summer and to swimming, but your pool water is cool in the morning, here are some options to consider. Read More »

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Does your pool feel like bathwater?

Did you know that geothermal systems can cool your pool in the summer and help beat the heat? For an estimate and/or more information on a new GeoThermal pool heating/cooling system.

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Symbiont Service Team Member Appointed To CFHLA

Symbiont Service Team Member Appointed To CFHLA 

Holly HowarthHolly Howarth, a long-time member of our staff has been appointed to the Central Florida Hotel, Timeshare & Lodging Association (CFHLA) as an Allied Member of The Month for September 2016.

“We’re very proud of Holly for receiving this honor,” Rick Krieger, director of finance said.

She was appointed an Allied Member of the Month “in recognition of prior participation on our committees and for commitment to the goals and objectives of the Association.” Read More »

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