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 utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Manhattan geothermal home comfort system taps into 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 during the winter. According to the professionals at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install 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 Manhattan 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 pays off. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the typical system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a traditional 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 available. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Manhattan geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, calculate your heating and cooling needs and review your property to suggest the best location for your loop system. If you own a home that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than an original heating and cooling system and works more efficiently, delivering an astounding five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. That converts to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another advantage -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and give off no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact Carlson Heating & AC, LLC today or talk to one of our experts at 785-632-2010.