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 utility bills. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy gets wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Starkville geothermal home comfort system taps into 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 move that heat into a home during the winter. According to the specialists at WaterFurnace, most systems are easy to install in both new and retrofit situations. In addition to the ground loop , which can run horizontal or vertical, the system also requires ductwork to distribute conditioned air through the Starkville 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 average system lifespan exceeds 24 years—compared to 15 years for an ordinary system. In most cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system provides will surpass 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 available. Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Starkville geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, compute your heating and cooling needs and review your property to decide 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 an original heating and cooling system and operates 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 give off no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners receive added comfort, improved indoor air quality and less noise as they decrease their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that suits your needs, contact Mid South Air Conditioning, Inc. today or talk to one of our experts at 662-329-2003.