Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Ebensburg Homeowners

No matter if you’re erecting a new home or updating your current abode, the choice to install either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s rarely the case that Ebensburg homeowners don’t see the advantages of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial reservations 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 May Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d find it necessary to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. On top of that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are climbing all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself time and again in numerous installations here in Ebensburg, across the nation, 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is much more efficient and reliable than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the general costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Kupetz's Plumbing & Heating is a trusted Ebensburg geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to cover 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 tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Kupetz's Plumbing & Heating today!