Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Kalkaska Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re erecting a new home or updating your current abode, the decisionion to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s hardly ever the case that Kalkaska homeowners don’t grasp the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal almost always involve 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 Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d need to overhaul or replace any element of a geothermal system. Then, too, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are spiraling upwards all the time. 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 indicates is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Kalkaska, across the country, 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 are skittish about choosing a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is much more efficient and trustworthy than traditional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly important here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and analyze the total costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely prove the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Kalkaska Pumbing & Heating Inc. is a respected Kalkaska 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 demand for as long as you own it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Kalkaska Pumbing & Heating Inc. today!