Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Greene County Homeowners

Whether you’re constructing a new home or upgrading your current home, the choice to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Greene County residents don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, 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 better, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial doubts about going geothermal almost always involve 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 Insufficient Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally without merit; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to fix or replace any part of a geothermal system. In addition, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 says is that, for each 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 up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in a multitude of installations here in Greene County, across the continent, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about choosing a geothermal system. They’re see that geothermal technology is infinitely more efficient and reliable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can quell this fear right here and now. Kool-Temp Heating & Cooling Inc. is a respected Greene County geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you have it.

The only thing you really need 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 Kool-Temp Heating & Cooling Inc. today!