Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a prime time to start thinking about heating your home during the colder winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the average family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on their utilities. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Western North Carolina geothermal home comfort system makes use of 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 move that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the experts at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install 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 Western North Carolina home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in a standard 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 a regular system. In many cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system provides will exceed any payments associated with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems geothermal one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Western North Carolina geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute 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 simply retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and functions more efficiently, delivering an astounding 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 heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another benefit -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and give off no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive 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 Bullman Heating & Air today or talk to one of our experts at 828-658-2468.