Southern Comfort is the leader in Manitoba’s geothermal industry, spearheading innovation, providing education, initiating growth, and promoting the development of geothermal projects in our province. We take pride in the integrity of our business, and strongly believe in the value that geothermal energy brings to Manitoba. We stand by our expertise in systems design, and our promise, “Guaranteed operation to design intent.”

“Manitobans should insist that all public buildings, such as schools, be fitted with geothermal heating systems.”
– Ed Schreyer, Former Governor General of Canada

Check out the details on some of our Residential Geothermal Projects.

If you’ve been thinking of replacing your furnace with a geothermal system, contact us today, and one of our reps will be happy to discuss your heating and cooling project, or stop by to take a look.

Understanding Geothermal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called ground source heat pumps, “The most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning systems available.” (1)

How it works:

Simply put, a geothermal or ground source heat pump is a central heating and/or cooling system that pumps heat into or from the ground. Air is exchanged between the building and the ground via high-density polyethylene pipes. These loops carry a heat-transfer fluid (usually comprised of water and antifreeze), which extracts ground heat and brings it to the surface. Heat is distributed throughout the home via forced air or a hydronic system.

A geothermal heat pump requires three components to provide heating and cooling for your home:
  1. A ground loop (buried piping or water well system)
  2. The heat pump furnace unit (in mechanical/utility room of the home)
  3. A distribution system (forced air ductwork or hydronic hot water space heating)

There are many kind of “Loops” — Horizontal, Vertical, Lake Loops, and Deep-vertical (300-400 feet deep – pioneering technology for Northern communities) — but the type of loop is always determined by the nature of the project and site.

Geothermal Pipes are inert, good for 100 years, and designed never to freeze.

Read a more comprehensive explanation.

Geothermal: Facts and Benefits

Manitoba has the highest per capita number of geothermal installations in North America

The Province of Manitoba offers a 15% rebate on geothermal systems

Any project funded by the province is mandated for feasibility of geothermal

Efficiency

In comparison with a conventional electric or natural gas heating system, a geothermal heat pump can cut your annual space heating costs by about 50% to 70%. Geothermal is highly cost-efficient, paying back its initial cost over time.

To compare the cost of home heating, see Manitoba Hydro’s Typical Home and Water Heating Chart on their website.

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Environmentally Friendly

Geothermal is a good, green technology. Soil temperatures below the frost line have a relatively stable year-round temperature. Geothermal heat pumps draw on these soil temperatures to heat or cool your home, thereby minimizing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


Versatility

Geothermal heat pumps move heat into the house in winter and out of the house in summer, eliminating the need for separate air conditioning.

Reliability

With more than one million geothermal units in operation worldwide, geothermal heat pumps have proven they are a reliable technology in a variety of climates.


Comfort

Compared to conventional heating systems, a geothermal heat pump system provides more consistent and even heat distribution throughout your home. Some customers have said that even if they didn’t save a single cent, they would still install a geothermal heat pump for sheer comfort. Download CGC Geothermal Buyers Guide