2 Major Northern Virginia Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. ROI

You can’t get around it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Starting costs here in Northern Virginia can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a standard-issue HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment almost immediately. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be advised: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for as long as 15 years. Because geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You merely have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Worries About Front-End Costs

We’ll cite the major benefits:

  • Compared to typical heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could slash as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could shrink 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 work by combustion, so you’re not troubled by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements pretty much guarantee many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for more information on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Speak with the Northern Virginia geothermal experts at Renewable Energy Solutions. We’re eager to help, no matter what you decide.