2 Vital Terre Haute Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. Payback

You can’t get around it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Starting costs here in Terre Haute can be 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 sort of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, generally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve gotten the bad news out of the way. Let’s focus now on the good news. To begin with, some sort of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Next, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment right away. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for something like 15 years. Since geothermal systems usually endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Any Anxieties About Front-End Costs

Allow us to cite the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to typical heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop 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 there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hang in there 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? Visit the Terre Haute geothermal pros at Andrews Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.. We’re glad to help, whatever you decide.