Indoor Comfort, Down to Earth Savings with Big Rapids Geothermal Heating Homeowners across Big Rapids, MI, have discovered the benefits of using the energy source in their own backyards to provide heating, cooling and hot water. Big Rapids geothermal heating and cooling systems tap into the constant temperature found a few feet below the surface of the earth, to deliver a consistent, even flow of conditioned air throughout the home, eliminating hot and cold spots. Consider that according to studies by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they list Big Rapids geothermal heating and cooling as the most energy-efficient option on the market today. Experts from WaterFurnace International, Inc., leading manufacturer of geothermal heating and cooling products, list another benefit. It is reliant on the most plentiful source of renewable energy that is available to almost all Big Rapids, MI, residents. The result is a system that achieves Earth-friendly status in more ways than one: homeowners can reduce both their carbon footprint and their utility bills. In fact, the geothermal energy savings provided by a WaterFurnace geothermal system can be as much as 70 percent compared with a conventional system (natural gas, oil, electricity, or propane fuel). Additionally, the system eliminates noise pollution, with a sound level resembling a refrigerator. A Big Rapids geothermal system captures the free energy from the earth by using a series of pipes, called an earth loop, buried in the ground. During the heating mode, a special fluid flows through the pipe where heat energy is transferred from the ground (the heat source) to the fluid and then to the geothermal unit located in your home, furnishing warm comfort. Inside the home, the heat is distributed through either a conventional duct system or a hydronic radiant heat system. A Big Rapids geothermal system also addresses pollutants in the air. According to EPA tests, levels of pollutants are two to five times higher indoors than outside. Research also shows that exposure to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can cause health problems including, asthma, dizziness, fatigue and respiratory diseases, among many others. On the market today are numerous devices used to reduce the health risks associated with poor IAQ. Improve the air in your home with these WaterFurnace products designed to work with their Big Rapids geothermal system. HEPA filters, heat recovery ventilators, electronic air cleaners are among the devices and technologies that will contribute to good IAQ throughout your home. For more information on Indoor Air Quality products, pay a visit to the WaterFurance resource on this concern. To find a Big Rapids geothermal system that fits your needs, please contact Stratz Heating & Cooling, Inc. or talk to a WaterFurnace expert at [[phone]].