Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Defiance Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re erecting a new home or updating your current home, the determination to install either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Defiance residents don’t understand the benefits of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial qualms about going geothermal often entail 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 Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine 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 – strikingly longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need to fix or replace any part of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are escalating constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 says is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in numerous installations here in Defiance, across the nation, and around the globe 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. Clearly, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners are apprehensive about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is 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 Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly important here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the general costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Schlatters Plumbing Heating & AC is a trusted Defiance geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you should really fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Schlatters Plumbing Heating & AC today!