2 Major Greenville Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

You can’t escape it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Up-front costs here in Greenville can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as pricy, normally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? First off, a variety of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be advised: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems usually keep working 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 take … and how patient you are.

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

Allow us to enumerate the top benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate by combustion, so you’re not troubled by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a little clarification on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Greenville geothermal pros at BARGA Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc.. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.