2 Major Kalkaska Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

No doubt about it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Starting costs here in Kalkaska tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s focus now on the good news. First, some sort of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may slow full repayment for as long as 15 years. Because geothermal systems often keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Any Anxieties About Starting Costs

Allow us to enumerate the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat removed from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate 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.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need a little clarification on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Consult with the Kalkaska geothermal experts at Kalkaska Pumbing & Heating Inc.. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.