2 Major Beatrice Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. Payback

It’s an unavoidable fact: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Starting costs here in Beatrice can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as pricy, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Also, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment almost immediately. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may delay full repayment for something like 15 years. Because geothermal systems usually keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Concerns About Starting Costs

Allow us to enumerate the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip 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 run 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.
  • Given that 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 insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need further information on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Beatrice geothermal specialists at Noakes Heating & Air. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.