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 during the winter months. According to the Department of Energy, a regular 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 investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Lafayette geothermal home comfort system uses the abundant source of free solar heat energy trapped in the earth. It uses a series of pipes (an earth loop) buried in the ground to transfer that heat into a home during the winter. According to the experts 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 Lafayette home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be more than the investment in an ordinary 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. For most homes, the payments connected with installing the new system will be entirely covered by the monthly savings from having an energy-efficient geothermal 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 Lafayette geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, analyze 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 standard 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 heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another bonus -- 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 reduce their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Korschot's Heating and Air today or talk to one of our experts at 765-447-1137.