Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a prime time to start thinking about heating your home during the colder winter months. According to the Department of Energy, a regular 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 investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Elizabethtown 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 can be easily installed 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 Elizabethtown home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in a regular system, the long-term return on that investment ensures it is one worth making. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the average system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for an ordinary system. For most homes, the payments associated with installing the new system will be totally covered by the monthly savings from having an energy-efficient geothermal system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regards geothermal systems as one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Elizabethtown geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, analyze your heating and cooling needs and review your property to suggest the best location for your loop system. If your house 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 works more efficiently, delivering an astounding 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 utility costs. Another plus -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and give off 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 Dever Enterprises today or talk to one of our experts at 270-737-8594.