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

Whether you’re raising a new home or enhancing your present home, the decisionion to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s rarely the case that Columbus homeowners don’t grasp the advantages of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial doubts about 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely baseless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are shooting upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 means is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in a multitude of installations here in Columbus, 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re see that geothermal technology is far 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 Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’d be well 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 viable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Patriot Air Comfort Systems is a trusted Columbus geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you own it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and peace of mind a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Patriot Air Comfort Systems today!