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 look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Central Ohio 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 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 Central Ohio home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be more than the investment in an ordinary 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 completely 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 Central Ohio geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute your heating and cooling requirements and assess your property to decide the best location for your loop system. If your home doesn't have a preexisting duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply retrofit your home and install 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 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 costs. Another advantage -- geothermal systems use no 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 decrease their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Westin Air today or talk to one of our experts at 614-827-1259.