2 Key West Chester Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

You can’t escape it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Starting costs here in West Chester tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s focus now on the good news. To begin with, some sort of incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment almost immediately. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for as long as 15 years. Since geothermal systems tend to last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Concerns About Front-End Costs

Allow us to itemize the major benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could slash 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 taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hang in there for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a bit of clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the West Chester geothermal pros at Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.