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

No matter if you’re erecting a new home or updating your current home, the determination to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s hardly ever the case that Mobile people don’t grasp the benefits of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to 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 Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely 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 – appreciably longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – going with 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 find it necessary to fix or replace any part of a geothermal system. Beyond that, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are climbing constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Mobile, 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is much more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the overall costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely prove the most suitable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Geothermal Solutions is a trusted Mobile geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, 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 Geothermal Solutions today!