Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Topeka Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re erecting a new home or enhancing your current home, the decisionion to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Topeka homeowners don’t see the advantages of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial qualms 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 May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – choosing 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 overhaul or replace any component of a geothermal system. Then, too, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are shooting upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 indicates is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Topeka, across the country, 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is far more efficient and trustworthy than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the overall 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 best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can dispense with this fear right here and now. Ground Source, Inc. is a trusted Topeka geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you have it.

In the end, the only thing you should really 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 Ground Source, Inc. today!