Advantages of Geothermal Heating The fall season is a good reminder that it's time to start thinking about the task of heating your home during the winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the average 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 search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A Central New Jersey 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 transfer that heat into a home throughout 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 (either horizontal or vertical), the system also requires ductwork to dispense conditioned air through the Central New Jersey home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be more than the investment in an ordinary system, the long-term return on that investment makes it worthwhile. 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 associated 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) regards geothermal systems as one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Central New Jersey geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, calculate your heating and cooling requirements and review your property to determine 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 runs more efficiently, delivering an amazing 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 expenses. Another plus -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and produce 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 CMS Geothermal today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].