2 Major Columbus Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

You can’t avoid it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in Columbus tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. 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 required. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as expensive, usually, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. First, a variety of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Also, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment in no time. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be prepared: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may delay full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Given that geothermal systems usually endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Any Anxieties About Starting Costs

Allow us to tick off the major benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick 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 removed from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements pretty much guarantee many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for more information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Talk with the Columbus geothermal pros at Patriot Air Comfort Systems. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.