2 Crucial Chillicothe Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

No doubt about it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Front-end costs here in Chillicothe can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a standard-issue HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, some sort of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Second, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Given that geothermal systems often last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Any Anxieties About Initial Costs

Allow us to list the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than common systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are shielded from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a little clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Chillicothe geothermal specialists at Combs Heating & Cooling. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.