Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Lancaster Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re building a new home or updating your current home, the choice to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s hardly ever the case that Lancaster homeowners don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial trepidations about going geothermal typically 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 Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely baseless; 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, to be sure! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d have to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. Besides that, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are climbing all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in numerous installations here in Lancaster, across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations such as the rising 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. Obviously, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology infinitely more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Provided your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Gochnauer at Home is a trusted Lancaster geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you own it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Gochnauer at Home today!