Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Meridian Homeowners

It matters not if you’re building a new home or upgrading your present abode, the choice to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s almost never the case that Meridian people don’t see the benefits of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial trepidations about going geothermal almost always have to do with 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 Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely without merit; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly as they relate to the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – 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 be obliged to overhaul or replace any component 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 skyrocketing 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 says is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in countless installations here in Meridian, across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations such as the increased 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, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology vastly more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly of consequence here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the final costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Heblon Heating & Air Conditioning Co. is a trusted Meridian 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 requirement for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Heblon Heating & Air Conditioning Co. today!