Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Atlanta Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re erecting a new home or improving your current abode, the choice to equip it with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s hardly ever the case that Atlanta people don’t see 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 few mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial trepidations about going geothermal usually 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 Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably 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 swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 tells you is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in a multitude of installations here in Atlanta, across the continent, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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. Clearly, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and dependable than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly important here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the total costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge 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. GeoSaves, Inc. is a respected Atlanta geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

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 GeoSaves, Inc. today!