Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Northern Virginia Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re building a new home or improving your present home, the decisionion to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s rarely the case that Northern Virginia homeowners don’t understand the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial reservations about going geothermal typically 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 Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need to overhaul or replace any part of a geothermal system. In addition, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 means is that, for every 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 Is Still “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in inumerable installations here in Northern Virginia, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances such as the rising 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. Obviously, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about going with a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is much more efficient and reliable than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely present itself as the most viable alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Renewable Energy Solutions is a highly regarded Northern Virginia geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you own it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Renewable Energy Solutions today!