2 Critical Western Montana Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

You can’t get around it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Initial costs here in Western Montana tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s concentrate now on the good news. First, a variety of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Also, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may slow full repayment for something like 15 years. Because geothermal systems usually last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to decide at the start what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Worries About Starting Costs

Let us enumerate the top 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 lower your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than common systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hang in there for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want more information on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Western Montana geothermal specialists at Ground Source Systems, Inc.. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.