Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Greensburg Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re constructing a new home or upgrading your current home, the determination to go with either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s rarely the case that Greensburg homeowners don’t understand the advantages 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 few mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial misgivings 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – significantly longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need 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 shooting upwards all the time. 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 tells you is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in countless installations here in Greensburg, across the nation, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances 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. Certainly, shrinking numbers of homeowners are nervous about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is much more efficient and dependable than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely important here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the overall costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can quell this fear right here and now. Wallpe Heating & Cooling is a trusted Greensburg geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Wallpe Heating & Cooling today!