Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Bloomington Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re raising a new home or updating your present residence, the determination to go with either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s almost never the case that Bloomington residents don’t grasp the advantages of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a technology 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 performing 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 doubts about going geothermal typically 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 May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of other kinds of heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – choosing 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 have to repair 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 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 dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in various installations here in Bloomington, across the country, 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. Obviously, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners are apprehensive about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Quality HVAC is a respected Bloomington geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you own it.

In the end, the only thing you should really 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 Quality HVAC today!