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 more. 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 building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, 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. First off, a number of 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 relatively quickly. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for as long as 15 years. Because geothermal systems typically last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You merely have to figure out early on what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

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

Allow us to cite the major benefits:

  • Compared to typical 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 taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work by combustion, so you’re not bothered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need more information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Talk with the Dallas geothermal pros at Geo-Thermal Distribution Co., LLC. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.