2 Critical Rochester Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

You can’t get around it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Starting costs here in Rochester can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Also, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment in no time. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for something like 15 years. Because geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Worries About Starting Costs

We’ll enumerate the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip 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.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are shielded from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need more information on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Rochester geothermal pros at Van Hee Mechanical. We’re glad to help, whatever you decide.