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, the average family in the United States spends roughly $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 New Jersey 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 transfer that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the specialists 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 Central New Jersey home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be higher than the investment in a regular system, the long-term return on that investment ensures it is one worth making. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the typical system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a traditional 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) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems available. 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 needs and review your property to determine the best location for your loop system. If your house 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 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 expenses. Another benefit -- geothermal systems don't rely on 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 decrease their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that fits your needs, contact ABLEnvironmental today or talk to one of our experts at 732-899-0019.