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 during the winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the average family in the United States spends about $1,900 a year on utility bills. 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 Topeka geothermal home comfort system utilizes the abundant source of free solar heat energy stored in the earth. It uses a series of pipes (also known as an earth loop) buried in the ground to transfer 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 dispense conditioned air through the Topeka 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 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 regular 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 efficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Topeka geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, compute your heating and cooling needs and assess your property to decide the best location for your loop system. If you own a house 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 runs 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 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 Ground Source, Inc. today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].