Advantages of Geothermal Heating The fall season is a good reminder that it's time to start thinking about the task of heating your home during the winter months. According to the Department of Energy, a regular family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on utility bills. 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 Chillicothe 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 (also known as an earth loop) buried in the ground to move that heat into a home during the winter. According to the specialists at WaterFurnace, most systems can be easily installed in either new or retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop (either horizontal or vertical), the system also requires ductwork to dispense conditioned air through the Chillicothe 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 ensures it is one worth making. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the average system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for an ordinary system. In many cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system provides will exceed any payments connected with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regards geothermal systems as one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Chillicothe geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute your heating and cooling needs and evaluate your property to decide the best location for your loop system. If your home doesn't have a preexisting duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply 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 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 costs. Another advantage -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they lessen their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Combs Heating & Cooling today or talk to one of our experts at 740-772-2233.