Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Chillicothe Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re raising a new home or updating your current residence, the determination to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s rarely the case that Chillicothe people don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial trepidations 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 Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely 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 – strikingly longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are shooting upwards continually. 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 each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Chillicothe, across the country, 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. Certainly, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners are apprehensive about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology vastly 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 standard energy sources and appraise the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Combs Heating & Cooling is a highly regarded Chillicothe geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you have it.

The only thing 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 Combs Heating & Cooling today!