2 Vital Columbus Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

You can’t get around it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Up-front costs here in Columbus can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as pricy, usually, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a typical 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 obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may delay full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems often last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You simply have to decide early on what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Any Anxieties About Starting Costs

We’ll enumerate the major benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick 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 transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so you’re not troubled 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 required, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are shielded from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a bit of clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Talk with the Columbus geothermal specialists at Hottinger Geothermal. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.