Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Central New Jersey Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re constructing a new home or updating your current abode, the decisionion to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s almost never the case that Central New Jersey residents don’t see the benefits of geothermal. What’s to disparage, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial trepidations 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 Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially as they relate to the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, to be 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 find it necessary to fix or replace any component of a geothermal system. Besides that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are escalating constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself time and again in inumerable installations here in Central New Jersey, across the nation, and around the globe 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. Certainly, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners are apprehensive about going with a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much 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 Proper 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 weigh the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. ABLEnvironmental is a respected Central New Jersey geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you own it.

In the end, 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 ABLEnvironmental today!