Advantages of Geothermal Heating The onset of fall signals a prime time to start thinking about heating your home during the harsh winter months. According to the Department of Energy, a regular family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to investigate energy efficient improvements for your home. A Portland, OR 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 transfer that heat into a home throughout the winter. According to the professionals 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 dispense conditioned air through the Portland, OR home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be more than the investment in a regular 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. For most homes, the payments connected 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 Portland, OR geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, compute your heating and cooling needs and evaluate 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 simply retrofit your home and supply one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than an original heating and cooling system and works more efficiently, delivering an astounding 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 heating, cooling and hot water costs. Another advantage -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and give off 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 fits your needs, contact Total Energy Concepts today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].