How Do I Figure Out Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Central Virginia Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopIf there’s anybody around who still hasn’t heard about the perks of geothermal heating and cooling, you might be justified in asking if they’ve been living underground. Of course, if they had, they’d probably miss the irony of your question, given that the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

These days, though, most Central Virginia homeowners know at least a smidgin about the rewards of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are considering one, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their current system or as the system they install in that new home they’ll soon have under construction.

Thinking about going geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are alluring:

  • Replacing your old-fashioned HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you lower your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are remarkably energy efficient. That, plus the fact that they work with the environment, not against it, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems around.
  • Given the options geothermal systems give you – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, to begin with – you’re in a stronger position to ensure that the system you select is the most efficient and effective for your Central Virginia home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are designed, engineered, built, and installed for generations of trusty operation. The fact that they have fewer parts, require less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be situated indoors, out of the weather, makes a considerable difference.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed whenever you want. The weather and the temperature are no hindrance, and no extra fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Very little of your yard space is required for a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is necessary is inconspicuous; your home and landscaping will lose none of the “curb appeal” you work hard to keep up.
  • Last, but not least, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming ever more affordable – even without the current availability of federal tax credits and rebates. Refinements in system design and manufacturing processes as well as greater competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
Still, as agreeable as all this is, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a significant investment. Whether or not it’s the best investment for you is determined not only by your bank account but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the current ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you proceed with replacing or retrofitting your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, contact the pros at Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.. We can help you make the best choice – and deliver the optimal geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Central Virginia home.