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

It matters not if you’re building a new home or enhancing your present residence, the choice to equip it with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Grinnell people don’t see the advantages of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, 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 working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial misgivings about going geothermal generally 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 Is As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally baseless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of other kinds of 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 find it necessary to overhaul or replace any element of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are shooting upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in various installations here in Grinnell, across the continent, 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, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology infinitely 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 Right Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely relevant here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the most suitable alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Latcham Enterprises is a trusted Grinnell geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you have it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is losing 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 Latcham Enterprises today!