2 Key Lane County Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. Payback

You can’t avoid it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in Lane County tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as pricy, overall, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a conventional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First off, certain incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Next, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment almost immediately. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for something like 15 years. Since geothermal systems often keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Worries About Initial Costs

We’ll itemize the major benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat extracted from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so you’re not troubled by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than conventional systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a little clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Lane County geothermal specialists at Comfort Flow Heating. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.