Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a good time to start thinking about heating your home during the colder winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the typical family in the United States spends about $1,900 a year on utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Southwest Michigan geothermal home comfort system utilizes 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 experts at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in either new or retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop , which can run horizontal or vertical, the system also requires ductwork to distribute conditioned air through the Southwest Michigan home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be more than the investment in a standard system, the long-term return on that investment pays off. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the average system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a regular system. For most homes, the payments connected with installing the new system will be completely covered by the monthly savings from having an energy-efficient geothermal 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 begins with a visit from your Southwest Michigan geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, analyze your heating and cooling needs and evaluate your property to decide 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 astounding 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 costs. Another plus -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and produce no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they reduce their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact WaterFurnace Michiana today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].