2 Key Southeast Missouri Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. Payback

No doubt about it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Initial costs here in Southeast Missouri tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, usually, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, a number of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment relatively quickly. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Given that geothermal systems tend to keep working 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 Starting Costs

Let us itemize the major benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick 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 extracted from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work 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 are much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a little clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Southeast Missouri geothermal pros at Lundy HTG. & CLG.. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.