Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for The Hudson Valley Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re raising a new home or enhancing your present abode, the determination to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s rarely the case that The Hudson Valley people don’t grasp 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 needs little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial reservations 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 Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange 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 an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are mounting constantly. 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 each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in The Hudson Valley, across the continent, 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, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Provided your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Verdae Geothermal is a respected The Hudson Valley geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the start, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you own it.

In the end, the only thing you should really fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Verdae Geothermal today!