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

It doesn’t matter if you’re raising a new home or enhancing your present residence, the decisionion to equip it with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s seldom the case that Columbia homeowners don’t understand the advantages of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, 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 working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial concerns about going geothermal often 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 As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally baseless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d be obliged to overhaul or replace any part of a geothermal system. Then, too, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are spiraling upwards constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 says is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in a multitude of installations here in Columbia, across the continent, 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. Obviously, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology infinitely 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 Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. If your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely prove the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can quell this fear right here and now. WaterFurnace is a trusted Columbia geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at WaterFurnace today!