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 roughly $1,900 a year on utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Hattiesburg geothermal home comfort system utilizes the abundant source of free solar heat energy trapped 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 during the winter. According to the experts at WaterFurnace, most systems can be easily installed in either new or 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 Hattiesburg 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 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. For most homes, the payments connected 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 efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Hattiesburg geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, analyze your heating and cooling requirements and evaluate your property to decide 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 install one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and functions more efficiently, delivering an astounding 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 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 reduce their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact American Air Specialists today or talk to one of our experts at 601-583-2575.