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 about $1,900 a year on their utilities. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is 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 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 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 distribute conditioned air through the New Jersey home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in an ordinary system, the long-term return on that investment ensures it is one worth making. The energy source is both free and renewable, and the typical system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for a regular system. For most homes, the payments connected with installing the new system will be totally 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 available. Installation of a geothermal system begins 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 decide the best location for your loop system. If you own a house that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can easily retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and works more efficiently, delivering an amazing 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 utility expenses. Another advantage -- 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 decrease their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Energy Smarts Mechanical today or talk to one of our experts at 908-217-1356.