2 Key Mountain Home Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. Payback

There’s no avoiding it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Up-front costs here in Mountain Home tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a conventional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. First, various incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment in no time. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be prepared: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Since geothermal systems frequently keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You simply have to figure out at the start what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Concerns About Starting Costs

Let us list the major benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower 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 troubled 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 needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a little clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Speak with the Mountain Home geothermal experts at Custom Heating & Cooling Inc.. We’re happy to help, whatever you decide.