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# Can you oversize geothermal?

## Can you oversize geothermal?

Bottom line is, when a geothermal is oversized and short-cycles itself to death, the only thing that can be done is replace it. Rather than allow this to happen, always have your system matched to the home it is heating and cooling with a correct heat loss/gain and design!

### How do you size a geothermal well?

As a rule of thumb, 500-600 feet of pipe is required per ton of system capacity. A well-insulated 2,000 square-foot home would need about a three-ton system with 1,500 – 1,800 feet of pipe.

#### How do I calculate what size geothermal I need?

Assuming your old heater is properly sized you can then use this to calculate the size of the new geothermal heater. 1 ton = 12,000 BTU = 3.5 Kw – So if your existing heater is 48,000 BTU then you would need to purchase as 4 ton GeoCool unit.

How big does a geothermal field need to be?

A 1/2 acre, 14-foot-deep pond is usually sufficient enough for the average home. The deeper the pond, the less fluctuation in water temperature during extreme outside temperatures.

How deep are geothermal lines buried?

It requires trenches at least four feet deep. The most common layouts either use two pipes, one buried at six feet, and the other at four feet, or two pipes placed side-by-side at five feet in the ground in a two-foot wide trench.

## Can you plant trees over geothermal loops?

Can you plant trees over the area where ground loops are installed? We would not recommend planting trees over where ground loops are installed for 2 primary reasons: Tree root systems can grow into the loops. It may be difficult to repair or add to the piping system without damaging the tree.

### How big of a pond do I need for geothermal?

For the average home, you’ll need a 1/2- to ¾-acre body of water that’s at least 8 feet deep. A geothermal pond or lake system can be less costly than common two-earth loop options.