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

Regardless of whether you’re raising a new home or improving your present abode, the decisionion to install either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Richmond residents don’t understand the benefits 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 only a small number of mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on operating 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 doubts about going geothermal often entail 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 Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unfounded; 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 typical heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need 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 mounting constantly. 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 tells you 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.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in inumerable installations here in Richmond, across the continent, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Influences such as the ever-growing 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, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology considerably 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 Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and analyze the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the most suitable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. DeltaTemp is a trusted Richmond geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you have it.

In the end, the only thing you should really fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at DeltaTemp today!