Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for West Chester Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re building a new home or enhancing your present home, the decisionion to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s almost never the case that West Chester residents don’t understand 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 only a handful of mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – opting for 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 overhaul or replace any element of a geothermal system. In addition, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 commence as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in various installations here in West Chester, 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, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about choosing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and reliable than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and analyze the general costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can allay this fear right here and now. Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning is a respected West Chester geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you have it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning today!