2 Vital Seattle Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

You can’t escape it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Initial costs here in Seattle tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what kind 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 about 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s turn now to the good news. First, some sort of incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Also, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be advised: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may delay full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Because geothermal systems frequently endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Any Anxieties About Up-Front Costs

We’ll itemize the top 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 operate by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want further information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Seattle geothermal specialists at Vaughn Mechanical. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.