A vast majority of the homes and businesses in the United States rely on fossil fuels to provide energy for heating and cooling. The average home spends around 50 percent of its total energy consumption towards heating and cooling. The gas furnaces found in many homes cannot produce heat as efficiently as a geothermal heating system, using more energy and expending valuable fossil fuels to get the job done.
Geothermal heating systems have the largest positive impact on the environment because of their efficient energy use. They make use of the natural energy found within the Earth instead of burning fossil fuels directly for heating your home or business. A geothermal heating system uses the Earth’s energy as well as electricity to operate, so no harmful combustion byproducts or greenhouse gases are produced directly from operation. While fossil fuels are used to produce electricity, a geothermal heating system uses a larger percentage of natural, geothermal energy compared to electricity for operation. This allows your geothermal system to conserve electricity, and lower energy consumption.
There is a reason geothermal heating systems make up over half of the world’s direct geothermal usage. Their high-efficiency use of energy allows these systems to be more effective in reducing environmental impact compared to other green products and systems available. Turn your home into a true “green” house by installing a geothermal heating system. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint, as well as save money on heating and cooling costs. Call Smith Sustainable Design today for more information.