Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Central Virginia Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re erecting a new home or improving your present abode, the decisionion to install either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s almost never the case that Central Virginia homeowners 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 demands little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial misgivings 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to repair or replace any element of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are skyrocketing constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 means is that, for each 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 up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in inumerable installations here in Central Virginia, across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations 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. Clearly, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is much more efficient and reliable than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the most suitable alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can eliminate this fear right here and now. Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. is a respected Central Virginia geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover 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 serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. today!