Geothermal energy has been around for thousands of years, but only recently have scientists discovered ways to use it for heating, cooling, and power purposes. Here is a brief history of the earliest use of geothermal energy, and how you can use it today.

Geothermal Energy: A Technology as Old as Mankind

Some anthropologists believe that a nomadic tribe known as the Paleo Indians were the first to inhabit North America. About 14,000 years ago, these people, who were also known as the Clovis people, migrated from Siberia to Alaska over the Bering Strait. The Ice Age was ending, but at that time, it is possible that the land bridge still existed for the Clovis people to cross.

Being nomads, the Clovis people quickly migrated south, dotting both North and South America with evidence of their habitats and their cultures. They became extinct about 9,000 years ago, but the artifacts that they left behind have helped anthropologists and archaeologists understand their lifestyle and beliefs. They also left behind an established routine of harnessing and using geothermal energy for cooking, cleaning, and warmth. The hot springs that offered geothermal energy are quite possibly humanity's first heating units.

What is Geothermal Energy?

Beneath the Earth's surface, the temperature increases. Geysers blast this heat to the surface by shooting out boiling water and steam. Geothermal technology captures this heat and turns it into energy that can be used for power and electricity. It is a renewable resource, so researchers are rapidly exploring its use as an energy source.

What Are Ground Source Heat Pumps?

One of the ways that  researchers have used geothermal energy is with ground source heat pumps. A ground source heat pump is a loop that takes heat from inside of the earth and steers it to a building so that it can be used for heating and cooling. Both commercial and residential buildings can use ground source heat pumps.

Ground source heat pumps are extremely efficient, cost-effective, environmentally conscious, and safe. If you are building a new home or office, or want to replace your current heating and cooling system, consider installing a ground source heat pumps. They can go as long as 50 years without needing any significant repair, and will save you quite a bit of money on your electricity bills over these years. Because the temperature below the earth's surface is relatively constant, your ground source heat pump will need little tweaking as well. To learn more about HVAC needs, contact A Avis Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning