Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a prime time to start thinking about heating your home during the cold winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the typical family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on their utilities. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Tennessee Valley geothermal home comfort system taps into 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 specialists at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in both new and 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 Tennessee Valley home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be more than the investment in a regular system, the long-term return on that investment makes it worthwhile. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the typical system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a regular system. In many cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system offers will exceed any payments connected with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regards geothermal systems as one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Tennessee Valley geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute your heating and cooling requirements and evaluate your property to determine the best location for your loop system. If you own a house that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and functions more efficiently, delivering an impressive 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 utility expenses. Another benefit -- 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 fits your needs, contact Southern Solar Systems today or talk to one of our experts at 256-883-9848.