2 Major Kansas City Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

It’s an inescapable fact: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Up-front costs here in Kansas City can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First off, some sort of incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment relatively quickly. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may delay full repayment for as much as 15 years. Given that geothermal systems typically endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

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

We’ll enumerate the top benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected from the elements pretty much guarantee many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need a bit of clarification on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Kansas City geothermal pros at ECS Geothermal, Inc. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.