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 average 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 investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Lane County geothermal home comfort system uses 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 experts at WaterFurnace, most systems can be easily installed 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 Lane County home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in a standard system, the long-term return on that investment pays off. 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 related to the installation of the new 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 Lane County geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, analyze your heating and cooling requirements and assess 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 supply one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and functions 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 heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another plus -- geothermal systems don't rely on 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 minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that fits your needs, contact Comfort Flow Heating today or talk to one of our experts at 541-726-0100.