Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Lexington Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re constructing a new home or updating your current abode, the determination to go with either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s rarely the case that Lexington residents don’t grasp 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 hardly any mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial reservations about going geothermal generally have to do with 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 As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d find it necessary to fix or replace any part of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are climbing all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 a year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in Lexington, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations such as the rising 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. Clearly, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is infinitely more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Arronco Comfort Air, Inc. is a trusted Lexington geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is missing 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 Arronco Comfort Air, Inc. today!