Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Beckley Homeowners

It matters not if you’re building a new home or upgrading your current residence, the choice to install either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s seldom the case that Beckley people don’t understand 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 demands little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal frequently have to do with 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 Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – installing 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 be obliged to fix or replace any part of a geothermal system. On top of that, with an ordinary 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 maximizes 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 means is that, for each 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 operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in Beckley, across the country, and around the world 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. Obviously, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is vastly more efficient and reliable than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

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

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Appalachian Heating is a highly regarded Beckley geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you own it.

In the end, the only thing you ought to 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 Appalachian Heating today!