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, the typical family in the United States spends about $1,900 a year on utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Dexter 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 during the winter. According to the experts at WaterFurnace, most systems can be easily installed 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 Dexter home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be higher than the investment in a standard 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 traditional system. For most homes, the payments connected with installing the new system will be totally covered by the monthly savings from having an energy-efficient geothermal system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Dexter geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute your heating and cooling needs and assess your property to establish the best location for your loop system. If your home doesn't have a preexisting duct system, your geothermal dealer can easily retrofit your home and supply one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and operates more efficiently, delivering an amazing 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 heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another bonus -- geothermal systems use no 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 lessen their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact Haley Mechanical today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].