Delaware County Geothermal Heat Pumps
Greenspeed Heating Mode
In the heating mode, the refrigerant enters the earth loops as a cold liquid (blue in the graphic) and comes out as a cool vapor (green in the graphic). When a refrigerant evaporates it absorbs a large quantity of heat from any surrounding material.
Therefore as the refrigerant flows through the loops, it absorbs heat from the earth and stores it in vapor form for later release. The cool (green) vapor that is heat-charged after leaving the earth loops then enters the compressor where its temperature is raised from about 40°F to about 160°F.
During this compression stage, the temperature of the vapor increases because of the intense compression and the vapor leaves the compressor (red in the graphic) hotter than the air in the building being heated. Because the vapor leaving the compressor that is hotter than the inside air, heat transfers into the air flow as the air passes the fan coil in the air handler. This warms your Delaware County home.
As the heat is removed while the hot vapor passes through the condenser, the vapor condenses and exits the condenser as a liquid. This warm liquid (yellow in the graphic) enters the flow control unit, which monitors the amount of vapor arriving at the liquid flow control (LFC), and meters liquid only through the device for its return to the earth loop field.