2 Key Big Rapids Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

It’s an inescapable fact: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Up-front costs here in Big Rapids can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as expensive, generally, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? To begin with, some sort of incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment in no time. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may delay full repayment for something like 15 years. Since geothermal systems usually last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You simply have to decide early on what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

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

Let us itemize the top benefits:

  • Compared to ordinary heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a little clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Talk with the Big Rapids geothermal pros at Stratz Heating & Cooling, Inc.. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.