Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Danville Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re erecting a new home or updating your current abode, the decisionion to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s seldom the case that Danville homeowners don’t understand the advantages 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 demands little maintenance, that can keep on performing 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 reservations 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 Is Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unreasonable; 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 typical heating and cooling systems, to be certain! – going with 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 find it necessary to overhaul or replace any element of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are climbing all the time. 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 each 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 online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in countless installations here in Danville, across the continent, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations 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, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and trustworthy than traditional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Geo Climate Control is a highly regarded Danville geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Geo Climate Control today!