2 Critical Western North Carolina Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. Payback

No doubt about it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Front-end costs here in Western North Carolina can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what kind 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 approximately 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? First off, some sort of incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment in no time. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be prepared: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for as long as 15 years. Given that geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You merely have to decide early on what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Worries About Initial Costs

Let us tick off the top 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 decrease your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run 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.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a bit of clarification on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Speak with the Western North Carolina geothermal experts at Bullman Heating & Air. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.