2 Critical Lime Springs Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

There’s no escaping it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Front-end costs here in Lime Springs can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment in no time. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may delay full repayment for as much as 15 years. Since geothermal systems often keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You simply have to figure out at the start what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Worries About Front-End Costs

Let us enumerate the most important benefits:

  • Compared to conventional 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 operate by combustion, so you’re not endangered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex 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 last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a little clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Lime Springs geothermal pros at Johnson Comfort Systems, Inc.. We’re eager to help, whatever you decide.