Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for New Haven County Homeowners

It matters not if you’re building a new home or improving your present abode, the choice to equip it with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s rarely the case that New Haven County homeowners don’t recognize the advantages of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial reservations about 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 Is Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally baseless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially 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, to be certain! – installing 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 have to overhaul or replace any part of a geothermal system. Beyond that, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are climbing all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in various installations here in New Haven County, across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Influences such as the ever-growing 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. Obviously, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is vastly 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 Right Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the total costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Nero Air Conditioning and Heating is a respected New Haven County geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Nero Air Conditioning and Heating today!