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

It really makes little difference whether you’re building a new home or updating your current abode, the choice to equip it with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s seldom the case that East Tennessee residents don’t see the benefits 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 hardly any mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial qualms 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 Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely baseless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – installing 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 overhaul or replace any element of a geothermal system. Then, too, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in inumerable installations here in East Tennessee, across the country, and around the globe 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. Obviously, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about choosing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much 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’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the most suitable alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Geo Pros of Knoxville is a respected East Tennessee 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 requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, 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 Geo Pros of Knoxville today!