Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a good time to start thinking about heating your home during the cold 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 is wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Hattiesburg geothermal home comfort system utilizes 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 during 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 distribute conditioned air through the Hattiesburg 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 makes it worthwhile. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the average system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a regular system. For most homes, the payments associated with installing the new system will be completely 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 efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Hattiesburg geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, compute your heating and cooling requirements and review your property to establish the best location for your loop system. If you own a house 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 an original heating and cooling system and works more efficiently, delivering an astounding five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. That translates 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 give off no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience 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 BC's Heating and Air today or talk to one of our experts at 877-909-2918.