How Do I Decide Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Charleston Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopYou might well ask someone who still doesn’t know about geothermal heating and cooling if they’ve been living underground for, oh, say, the last half century. Of course, that person would more than likely miss the irony of your question, given that the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

Nowadays, though, most Charleston homeowners have heard at least a bit about the rewards of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are mulling one over, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their existing system or as the system they install in that new home they’re having built for them.

Thinking about going geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are alluring:

  • Exchanging your traditional HVAC system for a geothermal one could help you reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are remarkably energy efficient. That, in addition to the fact that they don’t fight the environment, but work with it, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems available today.
  • Given the options geothermal systems give you – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, for starters – you can better ensure that the system you choose is the most efficient and effective for your Charleston home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are built for generations of trustworthy performance. The fact that they have so few parts, require less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be located indoors, out of the weather, surely helps.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed any time you want. The weather and the temperature are no obstruction, and no additional fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Only a small patch of your yard need be taken up by a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is needed is discreet; the “curb appeal” of your home won’t be ruined in the least.
  • As if all this weren’t incentive enough, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming more and more affordable – even without the current availability of federal tax credits and rebates. Advances in system design and manufacturing processes as well as growing competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
That said, as motivating as all this is, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a considerable investment. Whether or not it’s the right investment for you depends not only on your bank account but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the current ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you consider replacing or retrofitting your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, get hold of the professionals at Custom Climate Heating & Air. We can help you make the most sensible choice – and deliver the best geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Charleston home.