Advantages of Geothermal Heating The approach of fall signals a good time to start thinking about heating your home during the colder winter months. 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 Wilmington 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 specialists at WaterFurnace, most systems can be easily installed 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 Wilmington home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in an ordinary system, the long-term return on that investment pays off. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the average system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a traditional system. In many cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system offers will surpass any payments connected with 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 Wilmington geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, calculate your heating and cooling needs and review your property to establish the best location for your loop system. If you own a home that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can easily retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and functions more efficiently, delivering an astounding 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 benefit -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact O'Brien Service Company today or talk to one of our experts at 910-799-6611.