2 Key Central Ohio Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

There’s no getting around it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Initial costs here in Central Ohio can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. First, some sort of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment almost immediately. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may delay full repayment for something like 15 years. Given that geothermal systems frequently endure 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 take … and how patient you are.

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

We’ll list 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 shrink 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 work by combustion, so you’re not bothered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there are few moving parts and geothermal systems are sheltered 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.

Need further information on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Speak with the Central Ohio geothermal experts at Westin Air. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.