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 average family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on utility bills. 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 Kalkaska geothermal home comfort system taps into the abundant source of free solar heat energy stored in the earth. It uses a series of pipes (also known as an earth loop) buried in the ground to transfer that heat into a home during the winter. According to the professionals 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 Kalkaska 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 ensures it is one worth making. 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 associated 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) regards geothermal systems as one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Kalkaska geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, analyze your heating and cooling needs and evaluate 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 works more efficiently, delivering an amazing 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 give off no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact Kalkaska Pumbing & Heating Inc. today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].