2 Crucial Rochester Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. Payback

It’s an unavoidable fact: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Starting costs here in Rochester can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as budget-busting, generally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First, various incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Next, the energy savings possible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment relatively soon. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be prepared: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for something like 15 years. Since geothermal systems usually endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Concerns About Initial Costs

We’ll cite the top 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 shrink your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat extracted from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are shielded from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a little clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Rochester geothermal pros at Earth Energy Heating & Cooling Inc.. We’re happy to help, whatever you decide.