2 Critical Annapolis Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

You can’t avoid it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Up-front costs here in Annapolis can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment right away. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for as long as 15 years. Because geothermal systems frequently keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You simply have to figure out at the start what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Any Anxieties About Starting Costs

Let us itemize the major benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower 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 operate by combustion, so you’re not bothered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • Since there are few moving parts and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need a little clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Annapolis geothermal pros at Continental Services. We’re eager to help, regardless of what you decide.