Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for West Chester Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re erecting a new home or enhancing your current residence, the decisionion to equip it with either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s rarely the case that West Chester homeowners don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, 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 functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of standard 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 instance, at least once before you’d need to overhaul or replace any element of a geothermal system. On top of that, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are mounting all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 indicates 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 start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in a multitude of installations here in West Chester, across the country, 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, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology infinitely more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely relevant 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 be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can eliminate this fear right here and now. Sinton Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. is a respected West Chester geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is missing 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 Sinton Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. today!