Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Elizabethtown Homeowners

No matter if you’re building a new home or updating your current abode, the choice to equip it with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s rarely the case that Elizabethtown homeowners don’t grasp the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial misgivings about going geothermal generally 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally 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 – appreciably longer than the life of other types of heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – opting for 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 fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are shooting upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in countless installations here in Elizabethtown, across the country, 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and reliable than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely important here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the general costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Dever Enterprises is a highly regarded Elizabethtown geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you have it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing 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 Dever Enterprises today!