Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Reading Homeowners

No matter if you’re building a new home or upgrading your current residence, the determination to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s hardly ever the case that Reading homeowners don’t grasp the positive aspects 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 few mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

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

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

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely baseless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of other kinds of heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – 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 be obliged to overhaul or replace any component 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 spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in Reading, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations such as the rising 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. Obviously, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and dependable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly of consequence here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the general costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the most viable alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put an end to this fear right here and now. Paul W. Essig Inc. is a respected Reading geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, 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 Paul W. Essig Inc. today!