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, a regular family in the United States spends about $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 West Chester 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 throughout the winter. According to the professionals at WaterFurnace, most systems can be easily installed 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 West Chester home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be higher than the investment in a regular 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 totally 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 efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your West Chester geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, compute your heating and cooling requirements and evaluate your property to suggest the best location for your loop system. If your house doesn't have a preexisting duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply retrofit your home and install one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than an original heating and cooling system and runs 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 utility expenses. Another benefit -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they decrease their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that fits your needs, contact Sinton Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. today or talk to one of our experts at 610-444-6002.