Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Southern Ohio Homeowners

No matter if you’re erecting a new home or enhancing your present abode, the choice to equip it with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s seldom the case that Southern Ohio homeowners don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal usually have to do with 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 Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially as they relate to the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – choosing 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 have to overhaul or replace any part 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 skyrocketing constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 every 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 operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in numerous installations here in Southern Ohio, 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. Clearly, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much 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 Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the total 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 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. Daniel's HVAC, LLC is a highly regarded Southern Ohio geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand 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 serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Daniel's HVAC, LLC today!