Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Green Bay Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re erecting a new home or updating your current home, the determination to go with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s hardly ever the case that Green Bay homeowners don’t understand the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dislike, 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 requires little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal frequently 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 Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – opting for 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 be obliged to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are shooting upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 tells you is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in various installations here in Green Bay, across the country, and around the world 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, shrinking numbers of homeowners are nervous about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely important here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly emerge as the most viable alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Van's Refrigeration is a respected Green Bay geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

All 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 Van's Refrigeration today!