Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a good time to start thinking about heating your home during the cold winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the typical family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Greene County 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 transfer that heat into a home during the winter. According to the specialists at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in either new or retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop (either horizontal or vertical), the system also requires ductwork to dispense conditioned air through the Greene County home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be greater 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 an ordinary system. In most cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system provides will surpass any payments connected with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Greene County geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, compute your heating and cooling needs and assess your property to establish the best location for your loop system. If your home 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 a conventional heating and cooling system and works more efficiently, delivering an impressive 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 utility costs. Another plus -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and emit 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 meets your needs, contact Kool-Temp Heating & Cooling Inc. today or talk to one of our experts at 518-731-6878.