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

No matter if you’re building a new home or upgrading your current home, the decisionion to go with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s rarely the case that Williamsport residents don’t grasp the benefits of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal often 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 Is Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d need to repair or replace any element of a geothermal system. Besides that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are spiraling upwards 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 each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself time and again in countless installations here in Williamsport, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations 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. Clearly, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and dependable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the total costs and ROI of each. If your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Hepler Geothermal Inc. is a highly regarded Williamsport geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and peace of mind a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Hepler Geothermal Inc. today!