Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re building a new home or improving your current home, the choice to go with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA people don’t grasp the advantages of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal almost always involve 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally without merit; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – significantly longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need to fix 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 expenditures are escalating all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 means is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in countless installations here in WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations such as the increased 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 installing a geothermal system. They’re see that geothermal technology is far more efficient and trustworthy than traditional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely relevant here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Comfort By Design, Inc. is a trusted WISCONSIN-MINNESOTA geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you should really 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 Comfort By Design, Inc. today!