Advantages of Geothermal Heating The approach of fall signals a good time to start thinking about heating your home during the harsh winter months. 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 gets wasted. The secret to saving energy and money is to look into energy efficient improvements for your home. A Las Cruces 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 throughout 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 Las Cruces 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 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 a regular system. For most homes, the payments associated with installing the new system will be completely covered by the monthly savings from having an energy-efficient geothermal system. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems geothermal one of the most proficient heating and cooling systems available. Installation of a geothermal system starts with a visit from your Las Cruces geothermal dealer. The dealer will measure your house, analyze your heating and cooling requirements and evaluate your property to determine 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 install 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 converts to a 500 percent efficiency rating and savings up to 70 percent for heating, cooling and hot water expenses. Another advantage -- geothermal systems don't rely on fossil fuel and give off no carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gases. Homeowners experience added comfort, enhanced indoor air quality and less noise as they lessen their carbon footprint. To find a geothermal system that meets your needs, contact Sun City Plumbing & Heating today or talk to one of our experts at [[phone]].