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, the average family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on their utilities. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Van Buren geothermal home comfort system utilizes 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 move that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the experts 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 distribute conditioned air through the Van Buren 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 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 offers will exceed any payments related to 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 available. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Van Buren geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, calculate your heating and cooling needs and evaluate your property to establish 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 requires less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and functions 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 expenses. Another advantage -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and produce no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they lessen their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact American Energy Guard today or talk to one of our experts at 479-474-4604.