Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Homeowners

Whether you’re raising a new home or upgrading your current residence, the choice to equip it with either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that homeowners don’t see the advantages of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a small number of mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial qualms about going geothermal frequently have to do with 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 May Not Be the Most Advantageous 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 unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d be obliged to overhaul or replace any element of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are shooting upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 says is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in , across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances such as the ever-growing 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners are nervous about installing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology infinitely more efficient and dependable than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the final 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 most appropriate alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Geothermal North is a trusted geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Geothermal North today!