2 Critical Greensburg Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. ROI

There’s no avoiding it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Initial costs here in Greensburg can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type 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 approximately 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? First off, a variety of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Next, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment relatively quickly. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for something like 15 years. Given that geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You simply have to decide early on what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Worries About Front-End Costs

We’ll check off the most important benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work by combustion, so you’re not troubled 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 required, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than conventional systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are shielded from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need further information on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Greensburg geothermal specialists at Wallpe Heating & Cooling. We’re eager to help, whatever you decide.