Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Knox County Homeowners

Whether you’re constructing a new home or updating your present home, the choice to equip it with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s seldom the case that Knox County residents don’t grasp the benefits of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on operating 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 objections to 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 Scarce Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, to be certain! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to repair or replace any component of a geothermal system. In addition, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 means is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in inumerable installations here in Knox County, across the continent, 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, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re see that geothermal technology is much more efficient and dependable than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the total costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Cosby Heating and Cooling is a respected Knox County geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely 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 it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you should really 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 Cosby Heating and Cooling today!