Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Charleston Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re constructing a new home or improving your current residence, the choice to equip it with either a conventional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s almost never the case that Charleston homeowners don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to disparage, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on operating 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 entail 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – strikingly longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – choosing 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 overhaul or replace any component 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 costs are climbing constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 indicates is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in various installations here in Charleston, across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is much more efficient and dependable than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the total costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can eliminate this fear right here and now. Custom Climate Heating & Air is a trusted Charleston geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Custom Climate Heating & Air today!