Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re raising a new home or improving your present home, the determination to go with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s almost never the case that homeowners don’t see the benefits of geothermal. What’s to disparage, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial trepidations about going geothermal almost always involve these five fears:

  1. Fear of High Up-Front Costs.
  2. Fear of “Too Little Too Late” Return on Investment.
  3. Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – strikingly longer than the life of other kinds of heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. In addition, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are spiraling upwards constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases the resale value of your home in the long term.

Fear of “Too Little Too Late” Return on Investment. The return on investment in most geothermal systems is at least 10 percent. What this means is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in inumerable installations here in , across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations such as the rising demand for renewable energy and efficient, cost-effective space-conditioning systems have contributed to making the geothermal industry one of the fastest-growing in the 21st century. Clearly, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re see that geothermal technology is vastly more efficient and trustworthy than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the general costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Ground Loop Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc is a respected geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you have it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you should really fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Ground Loop Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc today!