2 Major Atlanta Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

There’s no escaping it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Up-front costs here in Atlanta can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as budget-busting, generally, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. First, various incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment almost immediately. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may delay full repayment for as long as 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems frequently last 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 take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Worries About Up-Front Costs

Let us cite the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower 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 operate by combustion, so you’re not bothered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a bit of clarification on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Atlanta geothermal specialists at GeoSaves, Inc.. We’re eager to help, whatever you decide.