2 Major Mobile Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

There’s no getting around it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in Mobile can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, usually, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than a conventional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. First off, certain incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings you could experience 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 be advised: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may delay full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Given that geothermal systems typically last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You simply have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Any Anxieties About Up-Front Costs

Let us enumerate the major benefits:

  • Compared to typical heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could minimize 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 there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected 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 Mobile geothermal experts at Geothermal Solutions. We’re eager to help, no matter what you decide.