Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Central Ohio Homeowners

No matter if you’re erecting a new home or updating your current home, the choice to equip it with either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s rarely the case that Central Ohio residents don’t grasp the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal almost always involve 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 Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely without merit; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – strikingly longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – 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 need to repair or replace any component of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in inumerable installations here in Central Ohio, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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. Obviously, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is vastly more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the total costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly emerge as the most suitable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service. We can allay this fear right here and now. Westin Air is a respected Central Ohio geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you should really 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 Westin Air today!