Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Southeast Missouri Homeowners

It matters not if you’re erecting a new home or updating your current residence, the determination to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s seldom the case that Southeast Missouri people don’t understand the advantages of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial misgivings about going geothermal generally have to do with 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 Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d find it necessary to overhaul or replace any component of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards 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 tells you is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in various installations here in Southeast Missouri, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances 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. Clearly, shrinking numbers of homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology infinitely more efficient and reliable than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly of consequence here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Lundy HTG. & CLG. is a respected Southeast Missouri geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you should really fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Lundy HTG. & CLG. today!