Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Western Montana Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re raising a new home or improving your present residence, the determination to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s hardly ever the case that Western Montana homeowners don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal often have to do with 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 Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially as they relate to 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 certain! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d be obliged to repair or replace any element of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you keep your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in inumerable installations here in Western Montana, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Influences 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, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about going with a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is far more efficient and trustworthy 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 want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the total costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Ground Source Systems, Inc. is a highly regarded Western Montana geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you have it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Ground Source Systems, Inc. today!