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 throughout the winter. According to the Department of Energy, the typical family in the United States spends about $1,900 a year on their utilities. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Annapolis geothermal home comfort system taps into 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 during 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 Annapolis 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 an ordinary system. For most homes, the payments associated 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 available. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Annapolis geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, analyze your heating and cooling needs and review your property to establish the best location for your loop system. If you own a house that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can easily retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and runs more efficiently, delivering an astounding five units of energy for every one unit of electrical energy used. That converts to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for utility costs. Another advantage -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and give off no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they decrease their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Continental Services today or talk to one of our experts at 410-535-0091.