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, a regular 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 search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA geothermal home comfort system uses 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 professionals 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 WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA 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 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 a traditional 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 efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, analyze your heating and cooling requirements and review your property to determine the best location for your loop system. If you own a home 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 impressive 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 benefit -- geothermal systems use no 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 decrease their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that fits your needs, contact Comfort By Design, Inc. today or talk to one of our experts at 800-370-6545.