2 Key Utah Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. ROI

There’s no avoiding it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Starting costs here in Utah tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as budget-busting, normally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First, various incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Second, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment relatively soon. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for as much as 15 years. Since geothermal systems tend to endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You merely have to decide early on what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Concerns About Front-End Costs

We’ll cite the top benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat removed from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate by combustion, so you’re not endangered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want further information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Utah geothermal specialists at Utah Geothermal. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.