Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Traverse City Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re raising a new home or improving your current abode, the choice to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s hardly ever the case that Traverse City people don’t recognize the benefits of geothermal. What’s to disparage, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to 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 Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. Then, too, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are mounting 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 tells you is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in inumerable installations here in Traverse City, across the country, and around the globe 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. Clearly, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology considerably more efficient and reliable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. D&W Mechanical is a trusted Traverse City geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you have it.

In the final analysis, 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 D&W Mechanical today!