Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Northern Colorado Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re building a new home or updating your current home, the choice to install either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s hardly ever the case that Northern Colorado homeowners 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 few mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal often entail 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 assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unfounded; 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 – much longer than the life of conventional 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 instance, at least once before you’d have to repair or replace any element of a geothermal system. In addition, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are spiraling upwards continually. 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 means 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 online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in inumerable installations here in Northern Colorado, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations 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, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners are nervous about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology considerably more efficient and dependable than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely relevant here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the overall costs and ROI of each. If your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely prove the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Comfort By Nature is a respected Northern Colorado geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you have it.

In the end, the only thing you ought to fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Comfort By Nature today!