2 Key Ebensburg Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. Payback

No doubt about it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Front-end costs here in Ebensburg tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? First off, some sort of incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment relatively soon. 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 typically endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to determine early on what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Worries About Starting Costs

Let us enumerate the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work by combustion, so you’re not bothered 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 needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need more information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Ebensburg geothermal specialists at Kupetz's Plumbing & Heating. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.