2 Crucial Western Montana Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

It’s an unassailable fact: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Initial costs here in Western Montana can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters 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, some sort of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment almost immediately. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for as much as 15 years. Because geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You simply have to figure out at the start what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

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

Let us enumerate the major benefits:

  • Compared to conventional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut 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 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.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than traditional systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are protected 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 a bit of clarification 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 happy to help, regardless of what you decide.