Advantages of Geothermal Heating The approach of fall signals a good time to start thinking about heating your home during the harsh winter months. According to the Department of Energy, the average family in the United States spends about $1,900 a year on utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The key to saving energy and money is to investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Meridian geothermal home comfort system uses the abundant source of free solar heat energy trapped 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 experts at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in both new and retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop (either horizontal or vertical), the system also requires ductwork to distribute conditioned air through the Meridian 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 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 entirely covered by the monthly savings from having an energy-efficient geothermal system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regards geothermal systems as one of the most efficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Meridian geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, compute your heating and cooling needs and evaluate 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 simply retrofit your home and install one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than a conventional heating and cooling system and operates more efficiently, delivering an impressive 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 bonus -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and emit no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they lessen their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Heblon Heating & Air Conditioning Co. today or talk to one of our experts at 601-483-8156.