Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Rochester Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re erecting a new home or improving your present abode, the choice to equip it with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s hardly ever the case that Rochester residents don’t see the benefits of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a small number of mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on working 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 qualms about 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 Is Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears individually.

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 – strikingly longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – 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 have to overhaul 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 costs are climbing all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 indicates 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 start as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in Rochester, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances such as the ever-growing 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, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is infinitely more efficient and reliable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Van Hee Mechanical is a trusted Rochester geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Van Hee Mechanical today!