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 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 look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Charleston geothermal home comfort system makes use of the abundant source of free solar heat energy trapped 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 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 Charleston home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be higher than the investment in a regular system, the long-term return on that investment pays off. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the average system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a traditional system. For most homes, the payments associated with installing the new system will be entirely covered by the monthly savings from having an energy-efficient geothermal system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems geothermal one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Charleston geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, analyze your heating and cooling needs and review your property to determine the best location for your loop system. If your house doesn't have a preexisting duct system, your geothermal dealer can easily retrofit your home and provide one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than an original 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 utility expenses. Another bonus -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and produce no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive 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 Custom Climate Heating & Air today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].