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

Regardless of whether you’re building a new home or improving your present home, the determination to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s rarely the case that West Branch people don’t grasp the benefits 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 needs little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal frequently have to do with 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 Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – choosing 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 have 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 all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in various installations here in West Branch, across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations such as the rising 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. Clearly, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re see that geothermal technology is much more efficient and reliable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely relevant here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly present itself as the most suitable alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Nicholson Heating & Cooling is a respected West Branch geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to handle 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 Nicholson Heating & Cooling today!