Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Greater Cincinnati Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re raising a new home or improving your current home, the choice to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Greater Cincinnati homeowners don’t understand the benefits 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 few 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 objections to 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 Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unreasonable; 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, that’s for certain! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are rising all the time. 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 keep your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in a multitude of installations here in Greater Cincinnati, across the nation, 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, shrinking numbers of homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much 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 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 assess the final costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge as the most suitable alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Sparse 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 handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you own it.

In the end, the only thing you ought to fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling today!