2 Major Southern Ohio Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

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

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment in no time. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may slow full repayment for as long as 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems frequently endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be in good financial shape. You merely have to decide at the start what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

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

Let us enumerate the top benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could minimize your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat removed from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than traditional systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts 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 bit of clarification on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Southern Ohio geothermal experts at Daniel's HVAC, LLC. We’re eager to help, whatever you decide.