2 Key West Chester Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

There’s no getting around it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Starting costs here in West Chester tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? To begin with, a number of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Second, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment in no time. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for something like 15 years. Since geothermal systems usually endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Worries About Initial Costs

Let us cite the top benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce 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 run by combustion, so you’re not endangered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than traditional systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a bit of clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the West Chester geothermal specialists at Sinton Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.