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

No matter if you’re raising a new home or updating your present abode, the decisionion to go with either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s almost never the case that Pensacola homeowners don’t understand the benefits of geothermal. What’s to disparage, 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 demands little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, 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 Is As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially as they relate to the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – installing 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 component 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 climbing continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 indicates is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in numerous installations here in Pensacola, across the country, and around the globe 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. Obviously, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and trustworthy than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly relevant here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. If your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Energy Systems is a trusted Pensacola geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Energy Systems today!