2 Key Southwest Michigan Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

You can’t escape it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Starting costs here in Southwest Michigan can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort 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 standard-issue HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s focus now on the good news. First, various incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Second, the energy savings possible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment almost immediately. So 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 delay full repayment for as much as 15 years. Since geothermal systems typically last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You merely have to decide early on what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Worries About Starting Costs

We’ll tick off the most important benefits:

  • Compared to conventional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower 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 run by combustion, so you’re not troubled by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want more information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Southwest Michigan geothermal specialists at WaterFurnace Michiana. We’re eager to help, no matter what you decide.