Advantages of Geothermal Heating The approach of fall signals a prime time to start thinking about heating your home during the harsh winter months. 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 gets wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Denver 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 throughout 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 distribute conditioned air through the Denver home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be more 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 most cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system offers will surpass any payments connected with the installation of the new 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 Denver geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, analyze your heating and cooling requirements and assess 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 simply 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 impressive five units of energy per one unit of electrical energy used. That translates to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for utility costs. 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, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Sensible Heating & Cooling today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].