2 Key Hattiesburg Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. ROI

There’s no getting around it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Front-end costs here in Hattiesburg tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] 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 building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a standard-issue HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some 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. Also, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment almost immediately. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for as much as 15 years. Given that geothermal systems typically keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Any Anxieties About Up-Front Costs

Let us check off the top benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could shrink your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat transferred 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.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected from the elements pretty much guarantee many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a bit of clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Consult with the Hattiesburg geothermal experts at BC's Heating and Air. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.