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 is wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Martinsburg geothermal home comfort system makes use of 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 specialists at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in both new and retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop , which can run horizontal or vertical, the system also requires ductwork to distribute conditioned air through the Martinsburg home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be higher than the investment in a regular system, the long-term return on that investment makes it worthwhile. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the typical 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 surpass any payments associated with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems geothermal one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Martinsburg geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, calculate your heating and cooling requirements and assess your property to decide the best location for your loop system. If you own a home that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and runs more efficiently, delivering an amazing five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. That converts to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for utility costs. 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, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they reduce their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Bragg Mechanical and Geothermal Services today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].