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 gets wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Southern Ohio geothermal home comfort system uses the abundant source of free solar heat energy trapped in the earth. It uses a series of pipes (also known as 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 are easy to install 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 Southern Ohio home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be greater 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 typical system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a traditional system. In many cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system provides will exceed any payments associated with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regards geothermal systems as one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Southern Ohio geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute your heating and cooling requirements and assess your property to determine the best location for your loop system. If your home doesn't have a preexisting duct system, your geothermal dealer can easily retrofit your home and supply one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and functions more efficiently, delivering an impressive five units of energy per one unit of electrical energy used. That translates to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for utility expenses. Another plus -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and give off no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they decrease their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Daniel's HVAC, LLC today or talk to one of our experts at 937-544-5616.