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

Regardless of whether you’re raising a new home or upgrading your current home, the choice to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s rarely the case that Oswego homeowners 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 few mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on running 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 concerns about going geothermal almost always involve 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 Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely groundless; 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 – strikingly longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d have to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. On top of that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are skyrocketing all the time. 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 says is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in inumerable installations here in Oswego, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations such as the rising 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 see that geothermal technology is infinitely more efficient and reliable than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly of consequence here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess 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 appropriate alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Nodines Heating Inc. is a highly regarded Oswego geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you have it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and peace of mind a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Nodines Heating Inc. today!