Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Western North Carolina Homeowners

Whether you’re raising a new home or updating your current residence, the determination to go with either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s seldom the case that Western North Carolina homeowners don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology 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 operating 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 concerns about going geothermal often entail 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 delve into these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unfounded; 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, to be sure! – opting for 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 find it necessary to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. Besides that, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are skyrocketing constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 tells you 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 commence as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in numerous installations here in Western North Carolina, across the continent, and around the world 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, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and trustworthy than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly of consequence here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy 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 quash this fear right here and now. Bullman Heating & Air is a trusted Western North Carolina geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, the only thing you ought to fear is losing 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 Bullman Heating & Air today!