Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Rochester Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re constructing a new home or enhancing your present abode, the choice to equip it with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s hardly ever the case that Rochester people don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to disparage, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial concerns about going geothermal almost always 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 Is As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly as they relate to the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – strikingly longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d be obliged to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are mounting constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 tells you is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in countless installations here in Rochester, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations 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. Certainly, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners are nervous about choosing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far 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 Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely important here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the total costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt present itself as the most suitable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can quell this fear right here and now. Earth Energy Heating & Cooling Inc. is a respected Rochester geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, the only thing you should really fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and peace of mind a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Earth Energy Heating & Cooling Inc. today!