Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a prime time to start thinking about heating your home during the harsh winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the typical family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on their utilities. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Greenville geothermal home comfort system makes use of 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 move that heat into a home during 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 (either horizontal or vertical), the system also requires ductwork to distribute conditioned air through the Greenville home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be higher 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 typical 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 totally covered by the monthly savings from having an energy-efficient geothermal system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Greenville geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, compute your heating and cooling requirements and review your property to determine the best location for your loop system. If your home doesn't have a preexisting duct system, your geothermal dealer can easily retrofit your home and provide one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and operates more efficiently, delivering an amazing five units of energy per 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 produce no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they lessen their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact BARGA Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. today or talk to one of our experts at 937-548-3645.