Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Rochester Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re building a new home or updating your current residence, the choice to equip it with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s seldom the case that Rochester residents don’t see the advantages of geothermal. What’s to disparage, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial trepidations about 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 Is As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of traditional 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 example, at least once before you’d have to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are spiraling upwards 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 tells you is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in various installations here in Rochester, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations such as the rising 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 uneasy about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and dependable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy 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 put this fear to rest right here and now. Gast Heating & Cooling Inc. is a highly regarded Rochester geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you should really fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Gast Heating & Cooling Inc. today!