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 typical family in the United States spends about $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 investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A San Antonio 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 move that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the specialists at WaterFurnace, most systems can be easily installed 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 San Antonio 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 makes it worthwhile. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the typical system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for an ordinary system. In many cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system provides will surpass any payments associated with the installation of the new 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 San Antonio geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, calculate your heating and cooling needs and assess your property to suggest 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 a standard heating and cooling system and operates more efficiently, delivering an amazing 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 plus -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and produce no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they reduce their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Southwest Mechanical Services today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].