2 Major New Haven County Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

It’s an inescapable fact: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Up-front costs here in New Haven County can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as pricy, overall, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a standard-issue HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Also, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment relatively quickly. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be advised: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may delay full repayment for something like 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems usually last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Any Anxieties About Initial Costs

Let us enumerate the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could minimize your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and 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.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hang in there for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want further information on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the New Haven County geothermal specialists at Nero Air Conditioning and Heating. We’re happy to help, whatever you decide.