Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Utah Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re raising a new home or upgrading your current home, the choice to equip it with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s rarely the case that Utah people don’t grasp 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 only a small number of mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal almost always 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 Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of other types of heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – 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 be obliged to overhaul or replace any part of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Utah, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about choosing a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is much more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the total costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly present itself as the most suitable alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can allay this fear right here and now. Utah Geothermal is a trusted Utah geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you own it.

In the end, the only thing you ought to 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 Utah Geothermal today!