Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Big Rapids Homeowners

No matter if you’re raising a new home or improving your present home, the decisionion to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s hardly ever the case that Big Rapids residents don’t recognize the positive aspects 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 requires 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – significantly longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, to be certain! – choosing 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 need to repair or replace any component of a geothermal system. On top of that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are rising constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself time and again in a multitude of installations here in Big Rapids, 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. Certainly, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and reliable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and analyze the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Stratz Heating & Cooling, Inc. is a respected Big Rapids geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you own it.

The only thing you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Stratz Heating & Cooling, Inc. today!