Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Annapolis Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re erecting a new home or enhancing 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 seldom the case that Annapolis residents don’t understand the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial trepidations about going geothermal almost always involve 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 Sparse Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely 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 – far longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d find it necessary to overhaul or replace any component of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are climbing all the time. 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 means is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in numerous installations here in Annapolis, across the continent, 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. Clearly, shrinking numbers of homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the most viable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can quell this fear right here and now. Continental Services is a trusted Annapolis geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you have it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing 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 Continental Services today!