Advantages of Geothermal Heating The fall season is a good reminder that it's time to start thinking about the task of heating your home throughout the winter. 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 secret to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Burlington 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 transfer that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the experts at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in both new and retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop , which can run horizontal or vertical, the system also requires ductwork to dispense conditioned air through the Burlington home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be higher than the investment in an ordinary 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 an ordinary system. In many cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system offers will exceed any payments related to the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Burlington geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, calculate your heating and cooling needs and evaluate your property to establish the best location for your loop system. If you own a house 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 an original heating and cooling system and operates more efficiently, delivering an amazing five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. That converts to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for heating, cooling and hot water costs. Another advantage -- geothermal systems don't rely on 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 fits your needs, contact Crabbe Service today or talk to one of our experts at 336-226-6095.