Advantages of Geothermal Heating The fall season is a good reminder that it's time to begin 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 roughly $1,900 a year on their utilities. 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 Des Moines 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 during the winter. According to the professionals 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 Des Moines home or business. Although the original investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in an ordinary system, the long-term return on that investment makes it worthwhile. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the average system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a regular system. In many cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system provides will exceed any payments related to the installation of the new 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 Des Moines 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 provide one. Once installed, a geothermal system needs less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and operates more efficiently, delivering an impressive five units of energy per one unit of electrical energy used. That converts to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for utility expenses. Another bonus -- geothermal systems use no fossil fuel and give off no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they lessen their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact Sherman Co. LLC today or talk to one of our experts at 515-996-9300.