Regardless of whether you’re constructing a new home or improving your present residence, the decisionion to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s seldom the case that Idaho Falls people don’t see the advantages of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on running 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 objections to going geothermal frequently have to do with these five fears:
- Fear of High Up-Front Costs.
- Fear of “Too Little Too Late” Return on Investment.
- Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.”
- Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative.
- Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.
Let’s review these fears one by one.
Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, to be certain! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d be obliged to repair or replace any element of a geothermal system. In addition, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will begin 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 countless installations here in Idaho Falls, across the continent, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances such as the ever-growing 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 trustworthy than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.
Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative.Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.
Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Conan Heating & Air Conditioning is a highly regarded Idaho Falls geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement 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 Conan Heating & Air Conditioning today!