Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Beatrice Homeowners

Whether you’re building a new home or enhancing your present home, the choice to equip it with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s almost never the case that Beatrice homeowners don’t understand the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system 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 operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d find it necessary to overhaul 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 prices are rising constantly. 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 says is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in various installations here in Beatrice, across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances such as the ever-growing 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 have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is much more efficient and dependable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can dispense with this fear right here and now. Noakes Heating & Air is a trusted Beatrice geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you have it.

In the end, the only thing you ought to fear is losing 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 Noakes Heating & Air today!