Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Huntington Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re constructing a new home or enhancing your current abode, the choice to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s hardly ever the case that Huntington residents don’t understand the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on working 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 reservations about going geothermal often 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 Sparse Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much 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 exchange a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. On top of that, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are skyrocketing constantly. 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 says is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Huntington, across the nation, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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, shrinking numbers of homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far 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 Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly present itself as the most viable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Huntington Heating & Cooling Inc. is a highly regarded Huntington geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand 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.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to 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 Huntington Heating & Cooling Inc. today!