CCHRC saves money by using ground heat

FAIRBANKS- The Cold Climate Housing Research Center tested a new heating tool this winter that uses warmth from the ground to heat a building. The technology is called a ground source heat pump and they found it worked effectively at their office. The system collects heat by warming refrigerant which is flowing through underground pipes. The President/CEO Jack Hebert says, for every dollar of electricity the pump uses, it creates about 3 dollars’ worth of heat. “The technology is maturing and is something that you can consider if your building a home or changing your heating system.”

CCHRC will now study which ground surfaces will get the hottest in the summer and therefore be best for the heat pump. For more information, follow the link to their website: