Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Seattle Homeowners

No matter if you’re building a new home or improving your present abode, the choice to install either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s almost never the case that Seattle residents don’t recognize the advantages of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal almost always involve 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly 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, to be sure! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d need to overhaul 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 shooting upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 tells you is that, for every 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 operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in various installations here in Seattle, across the nation, 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. Obviously, shrinking numbers of homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is much more efficient and reliable than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Vaughn Mechanical is a respected Seattle geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you own it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Vaughn Mechanical today!