2 Critical Beckley Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. Payback

No two ways about it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Starting costs here in Beckley tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as pricy, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Second, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment right away. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for as much as 15 years. Because geothermal systems tend to endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You simply have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Worries About Front-End Costs

We’ll cite the major benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could shrink your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so you’re not bothered 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 traditional systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements pretty much guarantee many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hang in there for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for further information on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Beckley geothermal specialists at Appalachian Heating. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.