Advantages of Geothermal Heating The approach of fall signals a prime time to start thinking about heating your home during the harsh 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 gets wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Omaha 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 move that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the professionals 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 distribute conditioned air through the Omaha home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be more 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 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) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Omaha geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, analyze your heating and cooling requirements and evaluate your property to suggest the best location for your loop system. If you own a house 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 an original heating and cooling system and operates 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 heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another plus -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and produce no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience 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 Getzschman Heating & Air Conditioning today or talk to one of our experts at 402-721-6301.