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 during the winter months. According to the Department of Energy, a regular 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 look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Lansing 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 during the winter. According to the experts 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 distribute conditioned air through the Lansing 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 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 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 proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Lansing geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, analyze your heating and cooling needs and review 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 easily 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 converts to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for utility costs. Another benefit -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they lessen their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact S&J Heating and Insulation, Inc. today or talk to one of our experts at 517-669-3705.