Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Greater Cincinnati Homeowners

No matter if you’re raising a new home or improving your current residence, the choice to go with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s almost never the case that Greater Cincinnati people don’t understand the advantages 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 hardly any mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial concerns about going geothermal usually have to do with 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 Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d find it necessary to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. In addition, with a traditional 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 boosts 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 per year for as long as you own your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in a multitude of installations here in Greater Cincinnati, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Influences 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, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is far more efficient and dependable than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best 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. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely prove the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling is a highly regarded Greater Cincinnati geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you own it.

The only thing you really need 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 Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling today!