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 throughout the winter. According to the Department of Energy, the typical 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 Dallas 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 professionals 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 Dallas home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be higher 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 a regular system. In many cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system provides will surpass any payments connected with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Dallas geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute your heating and cooling requirements 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 easily retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and functions more efficiently, delivering an amazing five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. That translates to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for heating, cooling and hot water costs. 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 minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that fits your needs, contact Geo-Thermal Distribution Co., LLC today or talk to one of our experts at 972-483-4227.