2 Critical Huntington Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

There’s no getting around it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Starting costs here in Huntington tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a conventional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s concentrate now on the good news. First, certain incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment right away. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be advised: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Because geothermal systems frequently endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be in good financial shape. You simply have to decide early on what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Worries About Starting Costs

Let us list the major benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could slash 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 removed from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate 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.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than conventional systems.
  • Since there are few moving parts and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need a bit of clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Huntington geothermal specialists at Huntington Heating & Cooling Inc.. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.