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 average family in the United States spends about $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 Long Island 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 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 Long Island home or business. Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be greater than the investment in a standard system, the long-term return on that investment pays off. 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 associated 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) considers geothermal systems to be one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Long Island geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your home, compute your heating and cooling needs and evaluate your property to suggest the best location for your loop system. If you own a home that does not have an existing duct system, your geothermal dealer can simply retrofit your home to include one. Once installed, a geothermal system requires less maintenance than a standard heating and cooling system and operates more efficiently, delivering an astounding 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 heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another advantage -- 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 minimize their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact ZBF Geothermal today or talk to one of our experts at 516-992-5566.