Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Columbus Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re building a new home or improving your present abode, the choice to equip it with either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s almost never the case that Columbus residents don’t recognize the benefits 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 performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to 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 Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly 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, make no mistake! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d be obliged to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. In addition, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are escalating constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 says 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 kick in as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in inumerable installations here in Columbus, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Influences such as the ever-growing 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, shrinking numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about choosing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the general costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can eliminate this fear right here and now. Hottinger Geothermal is a trusted Columbus geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you have it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing 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 Hottinger Geothermal today!