Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Hattiesburg Homeowners

Whether you’re erecting a new home or upgrading your current residence, the choice to equip it with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s rarely the case that Hattiesburg residents don’t understand the advantages of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal frequently 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous 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 without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – significantly longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. Then, too, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are shooting 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 means is that, for each 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 up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in a multitude of installations here in Hattiesburg, 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and reliable than run-of-the-mill 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 need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can quell this fear right here and now. BC's Heating and Air is a highly regarded Hattiesburg 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 need for as long as you own it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at BC's Heating and Air today!