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

It really makes little difference whether you’re raising a new home or improving your present abode, the choice to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s rarely the case that Greenville people don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal frequently entail 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 Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of other sorts of heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d be obliged to fix or replace any component of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with a traditional 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 improves 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 indicates is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you own your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Greenville, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances 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. Clearly, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is considerably more efficient and trustworthy than standard 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 well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and analyze the final costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. BARGA Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. is a highly regarded Greenville geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you have it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at BARGA Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. today!