2 Vital Topeka Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. Payback

It’s an insurmountable fact: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Initial costs here in Topeka tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as budget-busting, generally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s tune in now to the good news. To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment almost immediately. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for something like 15 years. Given that geothermal systems usually endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You merely 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 Starting Costs

We’ll tick off the top benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce 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 bothered 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 typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected from the elements insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need a bit of clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Topeka geothermal pros at Ground Source, Inc.. We’re happy to help, whatever you decide.