Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Kansas City Homeowners

No matter if you’re building a new home or improving your present residence, the choice to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s seldom the case that Kansas City residents don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a small number of mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, to be certain! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d need to fix or replace any component 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 expenditures are spiraling upwards continually. 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 each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in inumerable installations here in Kansas City, across the country, 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, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about choosing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology considerably more efficient and trustworthy than traditional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely present itself as the most suitable alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. ECS Geothermal, Inc is a respected Kansas City geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to 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 ECS Geothermal, Inc today!