2 Major Green Bay Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

There’s no getting around it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in Green Bay can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, normally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First off, some sort of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Also, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment relatively quickly. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Given that geothermal systems frequently keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You merely have to figure out at the start what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Any Anxieties About Up-Front Costs

We’ll itemize the top benefits:

  • Compared to conventional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could slash as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could shrink 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 work 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 are much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are shielded from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hang in there for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a bit of clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Talk with the Green Bay geothermal experts at Van's Refrigeration. We’re eager to help, whatever you decide.