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, 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 secret to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Southeast Missouri geothermal home comfort system taps into 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 during 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 Southeast Missouri home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be more than the investment in a regular 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 an ordinary 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) regards geothermal systems as one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Southeast Missouri geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, calculate your heating and cooling requirements and assess your property to determine the best location for your loop system. If your house doesn't have a preexisting duct system, your geothermal dealer can easily retrofit your home and supply one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than an original heating and cooling system and functions 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 benefit -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they reduce their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Lundy HTG. & CLG. today or talk to one of our experts at 573-547-8818.