Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Central Minnesota Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re building a new home or updating your current home, the decisionion to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Central Minnesota residents don’t understand 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 hardly any mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can lower 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 Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – installing 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 need to fix or replace any part of a geothermal system. On top of that, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are spiraling upwards all the time. 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 says is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in various installations here in Central Minnesota, across the country, and around the globe 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. Clearly, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is much more efficient and dependable than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the total costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Geothermal Concept is a highly regarded Central Minnesota geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, the only thing you ought to 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 Geothermal Concept today!