Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Central Homeowners

No matter if you’re constructing a new home or enhancing your current residence, the choice to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s rarely the case that Central residents don’t understand the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial concerns 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 Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unfounded; 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 traditional heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – 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 repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. Then, too, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are spiraling upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in numerous installations here in Central , across the nation, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Influences 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. Obviously, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology infinitely more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly relevant here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the overall costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge as the most suitable alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Sparse 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 handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you own it.

In the end, 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 Fairfield Heating & Cooling today!