Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Central Homeowners

No matter if you’re constructing a new home or enhancing your current home, the choice to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s hardly ever the case that Central residents don’t understand the positive aspects 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 only a small number of mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on running 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 often entail 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely without merit; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of other types of heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – going with 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 have to fix or replace any part of a geothermal system. On top of that, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you have your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in countless installations here in Central , across the nation, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors 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. Clearly, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are uneasy about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and trustworthy than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and appraise the general costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Fairfield Heating & Cooling is a trusted Central geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, the only thing you should really fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Fairfield Heating & Cooling today!