2 Major Greene County Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

There’s no escaping it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Initial costs here in Greene County tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. 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 kind of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, generally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? To begin with, some sort of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Next, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be prepared: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for something like 15 years. Because geothermal systems often last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Concerns About Starting Costs

Let us rattle off the top benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so you’re not endangered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered 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.

Looking for further information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Greene County geothermal pros at Kool-Temp Heating & Cooling Inc.. We’re happy to help, whatever you decide.