2 Key Central Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

It’s an unavoidable fact: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive 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 issues play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost around 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, some sort 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 help you begin to recoup your initial investment relatively quickly. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for as long as 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems often keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You just have to calculate at the start what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Any Anxieties About Front-End Costs

We’ll itemize the major benefits:

  • Compared to ordinary 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 taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than traditional systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need a little clarification on any of these issues 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.