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

It really makes little difference whether you’re erecting a new home or improving your present residence, the choice to install either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s rarely the case that Lafayette residents don’t recognize the benefits of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to 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 Is Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely without merit; 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 traditional heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – opting for 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 find it necessary to repair or replace any part 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 costs are skyrocketing 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 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.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in various installations here in Lafayette, across the nation, 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, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology infinitely 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 are definitely of consequence here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional 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 appropriate alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Korschot's Heating and Air is a respected Lafayette geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you have it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you should really fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Korschot's Heating and Air today!