2 Vital Boone Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. Payback

You can’t get around it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Starting costs here in Boone can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment relatively soon. The upshot is, 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. Since geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be in good financial shape. You simply have to figure out at the start what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Worries About Starting Costs

Let us itemize the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could slash as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could shrink 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 work by combustion, so you’re not confronted with 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 needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than ordinary 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 last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need a bit of clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Speak with the Boone geothermal experts at Scott Brothers Heating & Air. We’re eager to help, whatever you decide.