2 Major West Branch Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. ROI

You can’t escape it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in West Branch tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as pricy, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Also, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment almost immediately. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Given that geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Any Anxieties About Up-Front Costs

Allow us to itemize the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to ordinary heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease 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 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 common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered 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 more information on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the West Branch geothermal specialists at Nicholson Heating & Cooling. We’re eager to help, regardless of what you decide.