A “domestic” energy

“Classic” geothermics uses heat directly from the Earth, using warm water extracted from the subsoil and then distributed to households or industrial installations. Now the use of special instruments, heat pumps, allows a much larger use of geothermics, independent from the particular conditions of a geothermal field. These installations are small, and can satisfy small household needs – such as household air-conditioning; and for this reason it is called “domestic geothermics”.
Domestic geothermics uses natural subsoil heat through special probes positioned at various depths, using heat pumps to “multiply” the thermal energy (with a small addition of electricity), and then distribute it in the homes for the heating system in winter and air-conditioning in summer, and for the production of hot water for the bathroom.

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