Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a prime time to start thinking about heating your home during the cold winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the average family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on their utilities. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Michiana geothermal home comfort system makes use of the abundant source of free solar heat energy trapped in the earth. It uses a series of pipes (an earth loop) buried in the ground to move that heat into a home during the winter. According to the experts 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 dispense conditioned air through the Michiana home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in an ordinary system, the long-term return on that investment makes it worthwhile. 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 provides will exceed any payments connected with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems geothermal one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Michiana geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute your heating and cooling requirements and review your property to establish the best location for your loop system. If you own a home that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and runs more efficiently, delivering an impressive 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 advantage -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and produce no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they decrease their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact Crystal Valley Comfort today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].