Advantages of Geothermal Heating

The approach of fall signals a good time to start thinking about heating your home during the cold winter months. According to the Department of Energy, a regular family in the United States spends roughly $1,900 a year on their utilities. Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home.

A Charleston geothermal home comfort system uses the abundant source of free solar heat energy stored 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 throughout the winter. According to the experts 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 Charleston home or business.

Although the initial investment in a geothermal system may be more 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 an ordinary system.

In most cases, the monthly savings that an energy-efficient geothermal system provides will surpass any payments connected with the installation of the new system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regards geothermal systems as one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems offered.

Installation of a geothermal system begins with a visit from your Charleston geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, analyze your heating and cooling requirements and evaluate your property to suggest 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 runs more efficiently, delivering an astounding five units of energy for every 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 costs.

Another advantage -- geothermal systems use no 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 lessen their carbon footprint.

To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact AGL Services Heating & Air Conditioning today or talk to one of our experts at 843-795-0066.