2 Crucial Lancaster Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

There’s no escaping it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Initial costs here in Lancaster tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, generally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve gotten the bad news out of the way. Let’s turn now to the good news. To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with 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 end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Since geothermal systems tend to keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You merely have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Any Anxieties About Initial Costs

We’ll list 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 removed from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than common systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a bit of clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Lancaster geothermal specialists at Gochnauer at Home. We’re glad to help, whatever you decide.