2 Key Central Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

No two ways about it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Front-end costs here in Central can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as budget-busting, generally, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, a number of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment almost immediately. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems typically keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Any Anxieties About Starting Costs

We’ll check off the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat extracted from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work by combustion, so you’re not confronted with greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected from the elements insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a little clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Central geothermal pros at Fairfield Heating & Cooling. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.