Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Lane County Homeowners

No matter if you’re erecting a new home or enhancing your present home, the choice to install either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s hardly ever the case that Lane County people don’t see the benefits of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal frequently have to do with 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 Proper 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 competely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – strikingly longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to fix or replace any element 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 expenditures are climbing constantly. 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 indicates is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in inumerable installations here in Lane County, across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances such as the ever-growing 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. Clearly, shrinking numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and trustworthy than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly of consequence here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and analyze the general costs and ROI of each. If your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Comfort Flow Heating is a highly regarded Lane County geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you own it.

In the end, the only thing you ought to 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 Comfort Flow Heating today!