2 Major Williamsport Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. ROI

There’s no getting around it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Up-front costs here in Williamsport can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as pricy, usually, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s concentrate now on the good news. To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings achievable 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 , then again: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may delay full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems usually endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You simply have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Concerns About Initial Costs

Allow us to tick off the top benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce 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.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a bit of clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Williamsport geothermal specialists at Hepler Geothermal Inc.. We’re eager to help, whatever you decide.