Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Boone Homeowners

No matter if you’re constructing a new home or improving your present abode, the choice to equip it with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s seldom the case that Boone homeowners don’t see the benefits of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial doubts about going geothermal typically have to do with 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 Is As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely groundless; 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 conventional heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. On top of that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are spiraling upwards all the time. 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 indicates is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in numerous installations here in Boone, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances 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 have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology vastly 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 Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly of consequence here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the most viable alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service. We can dispense with this fear right here and now. Scott Brothers Heating & Air is a highly regarded Boone geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you own it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and peace of mind a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Scott Brothers Heating & Air today!