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 throughout the winter. 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 key to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Hart geothermal home comfort system taps into 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 transfer that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the experts at WaterFurnace, most systems can be easily installed in either new or retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop (either horizontal or vertical), the system also requires ductwork to distribute conditioned air through the Hart 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 makes it worthwhile. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the average system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a traditional 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) regards geothermal systems as one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Hart geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, compute your heating and cooling needs and review your property to decide the best location for your loop system. If your house doesn't have a preexisting duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply retrofit your home and provide one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than an original heating and cooling system and runs more efficiently, delivering an astounding 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 heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another bonus -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and produce no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Adams Heating & Cooling II today or talk to one of our experts at 231-873-2665.