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 roughly $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 search for energy efficient improvements for your home. A New Jersey geothermal home comfort system utilizes the abundant source of free solar heat energy stored 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 , which can run horizontal or vertical, the system also requires ductwork to dispense conditioned air through the New Jersey 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 exceed any payments associated with the installation of the new 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 starts with a visit from your New Jersey geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, analyze your heating and cooling needs and assess your property to establish 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 install one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and functions more efficiently, delivering an astounding 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 heating, cooling and hot water costs. Another bonus -- geothermal systems don't rely on 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 minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that fits your needs, contact J. Zanes LLC today or talk to one of our experts at 888-973-6702.