2 Crucial Columbia Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

You can’t get around it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Initial costs here in Columbia tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. 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 kind of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, generally, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a conventional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings possible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment in no time. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems typically keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Any Anxieties About Starting Costs

Allow us to itemize the major benefits:

  • Compared to conventional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat extracted from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so you’re not bothered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than traditional systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a little clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Consult with the Columbia geothermal experts at WaterFurnace. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.