Advantages of Geothermal Heating The fall season is a good reminder that it's time to begin thinking about the task of heating your home during the winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the average family in the United States spends about $1,900 a year on their utilities. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Central geothermal home comfort system makes use of the abundant source of free solar heat energy stored in the earth. It uses a series of pipes (an earth loop) buried in the ground to move that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the professionals at WaterFurnace, most systems can be easily installed in both new and retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop (either horizontal or vertical), the system also requires ductwork to distribute conditioned air through the Central home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in a standard system, the long-term return on that investment ensures it is one worth making. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the typical system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a regular system. In most cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system offers will surpass any payments associated with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Central geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, analyze your heating and cooling requirements and review your property to suggest the best location for your loop system. If you own a house that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can easily retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and functions more efficiently, delivering an amazing five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. That translates to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for utility expenses. Another benefit -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that fits your needs, contact Fairfield Heating & Cooling today or talk to one of our experts at 740-653-6421.