2 Key WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

There’s no avoiding it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as pricy, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve gotten the bad news out of the way. Let’s turn now to the good news. To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Next, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment right away. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for something like 15 years. Because geothermal systems frequently endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Concerns About Up-Front Costs

Allow us to itemize the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut 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 extracted 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.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need further information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA geothermal specialists at Comfort By Design, Inc.. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.