2 Critical Lexington Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. Payback

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

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s concentrate now on the good news. First, a number of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Next, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Given that geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be in good financial shape. You merely have to decide early on what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Worries About Up-Front Costs

Allow us to cite the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could slash 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 operate 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.
  • 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 effectively shielded from the elements insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want more information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Lexington geothermal pros at Arronco Comfort Air, Inc.. We’re eager to help, no matter what you decide.