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 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 look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Traverse City 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 throughout 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 , which can run horizontal or vertical, the system also requires ductwork to dispense conditioned air through the Traverse City home or business. Although the original 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. For most homes, the payments associated 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 begins with a visit from your Traverse City geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute your heating and cooling requirements 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 easily 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 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 costs. Another advantage -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that fits your needs, contact D&W Mechanical today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].