Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Mountain Home Homeowners

No matter if you’re raising a new home or updating your current home, the choice to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s rarely the case that Mountain Home homeowners don’t recognize the advantages of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a small number of mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on operating 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 doubts 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 Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of other kinds of heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – installing 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 repair or replace any component of a geothermal system. Then, too, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are rising 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 indicates is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in countless installations here in Mountain Home, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology infinitely more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned 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 best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt present itself as the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can dispense with this fear right here and now. Custom Heating & Cooling Inc. is a highly regarded Mountain Home geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you own it.

The only thing 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 Custom Heating & Cooling Inc. today!