Bore hole spacing question

Discussion in 'Vertical and Horizontal Loops' started by Guest, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi all,
    I just joined this board and I'm looking for answers! We have a proposal to install geothermal at our home in Chicago. The price is way more than we expected due to difficulty in the drilling process. We are in the city, on a typical Chicago city lot (25' wide). The proposal has two 350' wells spaced 13' apart. The unit is a 5 ton unit. Everything I've read says the bore holes need to be 15-20' apart for maximum efficiency. At the price we are looking at, I want to make sure we are getting the maximum efficiency out of the system, the bore spacing is my first head-scratcher. Since the wells are proposed to be so deep, does that diminish the recommended space between the wells? We talked to another geo installer and his opinion was it was not feasible to install geo at our location.
    Thanks for your help, I hope we can move forward on our install and share my experiences here.
  2. Waukman

    Waukman Member

    I have 5 - 150 foot wells and they are about 10 - 15 feet apart. I ran last year 100% on geo and heated the house to 77 even with temps going to -10. My water temp in the loop averaged about 42 degrees during the heating system. The loop temp did dip to 38 degrees when we hit -10.

    My only caution is doing a vertical loop in the city. How big is your lot? How much space do you have for mud and water? Water is used in the drilling process and the water and mud coming out of the hole has to go somewhere. This is the one area that I didn't understand when I did my geo project and was not prepared for exactly how messy the drilling process was. I finally posted pictures from my install project. Check out the album at:

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