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, the typical family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Bloomington geothermal home comfort system taps into the abundant source of free solar heat energy stored in the earth. It uses a series of pipes (an earth loop) buried in the ground to transfer that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the experts at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in either new or 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 Bloomington home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be greater 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 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) deems geothermal one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Bloomington geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute 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 install one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than an original heating and cooling system and operates 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 heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another plus -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and give off 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 Quality HVAC today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].