2 Vital Pensacola Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

You can’t escape it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Up-front costs here in Pensacola can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, usually, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve gotten the bad news out of the way. Let’s tune in now to the good news. First, a variety of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Next, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment right away. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Since geothermal systems frequently keep working 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 tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Any Anxieties About Initial Costs

Allow us to cite the major benefits:

  • Compared to typical heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could minimize your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat extracted from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than traditional systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need a little clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Pensacola geothermal pros at Energy Systems. We’re happy to help, whatever you decide.