Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Dallas Homeowners

Whether you’re erecting a new home or updating your current residence, the choice to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s hardly ever the case that Dallas people don’t understand 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 only a handful of mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial qualms 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 Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d find it necessary to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. Besides that, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are shooting upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 means is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in inumerable installations here in Dallas, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances 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 nervous about choosing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and reliable than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the overall costs and ROI of each. Provided your home is situated on 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 Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Geo-Thermal Distribution Co., LLC is a highly regarded Dallas geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you have it.

In the end, the only thing you ought to fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Geo-Thermal Distribution Co., LLC today!