A geothermal system (also known as geo-exchange, or ground source heating & cooling)
uses renewable energy from the earth to provide cottages with year round heating
and cooling. Geothermal systems are extremely energy-efficient, environmentally
clean and safe, and a cost effective way to heat and cool your cottage.
Geothermal can replace Natural Gas as your cottage primary heat source, plus you
get cheap air conditioning as a bonus. Geothermal eliminates the need for a Natural
Gas building permit, a natural gas line (from curb of property to foundation), natural
gas meter, natural gas line inside the cottage, natural gas furnace, monthly invoice
for natural gas administration and distribution charges, and a traditional air conditioning
Very! Approximately 80% of the energy needed to heat your cottage comes from the
ground, with only 20% needed from the electrical grid to run the geothermal pumps
and compressor. Geothermal systems achieve efficiencies of up to 500%. As a comparison,
a 90% “high”- efficient gas burning furnace uses roughly 6 TIMES MORE energy to
heat your cottage!
CottageClub is an “Alberta-Made" recreational community and we believe in building
Alberta’s future. We support Albertans by employing drilling crews and equipment
used in Alberta’s oil patch to install our Geothermal systems. By working together
with Alberta workers and supporting Alberta businesses, we’re creating a more resilient
and more diversified economy for our future. The mechanical equipment (heat pump
unit) used in our cottages, while not “Alberta-Made”, is “Canadian-Made” in the
Maritimes. These “Canadian-Made” heat pumps are ranked as one of the best in the
world for quality and length of life cycle.
Beneath the frost line (approximately 10ft deep in Alberta) the temperature of the
earth remains relatively constant, regardless of the season. In Alberta, this temperature
averages at around 6-8° Celsius. By circulating fluid through a set of pipes buried
deep in the ground (commonly knows as the “ground loop”) the Geothermal system is
able to extract energy from the ground in heating mode, and reject energy to the
ground when cooling the cottage.
Materials used in today’s Geothermal Systems have a very, very long life cycles
little to no maintenance required. In fact, Geothermal has been rated
as the most
reliable space conditioning system requiring the least amount of maintenance
to any other heating or cooling system. Because the system operates
there is no risk of common furnace problems such as pilot-lights going
getting dirty, and more seriously Carbon Monoxide poisoning. All Geothermal
are either buried deep in the ground or sheltered inside the cottage
exposure from harsh elements. As with any mechanical equipment, it is
smart to do
an occasional service checkup.