2 Crucial Rochester Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

There’s no avoiding it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Front-end costs here in Rochester can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as pricy, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. First, certain incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment almost immediately. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Since geothermal systems frequently 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 bear … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Worries About Starting Costs

Allow us to cite the top benefits:

  • Compared to typical heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop 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 work by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex 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.

Want a bit of clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Rochester geothermal pros at Gast Heating & Cooling Inc.. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.