2 Vital Dallas Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. Payback

No doubt about it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Front-end costs here in Dallas tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as budget-busting, normally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a standard-issue HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Second, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment right away. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be prepared: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for something like 15 years. Since geothermal systems often last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You just have to determine early on what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

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

Allow us to tick off the major benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat removed from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than conventional systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are shielded from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a bit of clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Dallas geothermal pros at Geo-Thermal Distribution Co., LLC. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.