Geoexchange systems are also referred to as geothermal heating and cooling, ground heat exchangers, earth-coupled, ground source heat pumps, low temperature geothermal heating and more. The term ‘geoexchange’ has been widely adopted in Australia and elsewhere for two reasons.
The first is that it is a technically more accurate description of a technology whose function is based uponheat exchange with the ground or water bodies that have been warmed by solar radiation and thus not related to geothermal heat or hot rocks.
Second, the emergence of geothermal as a form of energy generation and the widespread use of this term in the public domain has resulted in some misinterpretations and public confusion among industry professionals. Hence, geoexchange has been increasingly adopted as the main term for the description of this technology.