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 throughout the winter. 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 Mitchell geothermal home comfort system uses 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 experts at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in either new or 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 Mitchell home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in a standard 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 regular system. For most homes, the payments connected 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) deems geothermal one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Mitchell geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, calculate your heating and cooling requirements and review your property to suggest 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 an original heating and cooling system and functions more efficiently, delivering an impressive 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 use no 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 minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Affordable Geothermal LLC today or talk to one of our experts at 605-239-4242.