Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Southwest Michigan Homeowners

It matters not if you’re building a new home or upgrading your present home, the decisionion to go with either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s seldom the case that Southwest Michigan people don’t recognize the advantages of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can reduce 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 Might Not Be the Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally baseless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – strikingly longer than the life of other kinds of heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. In addition, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are spiraling upwards continually. 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 indicates is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in Southwest Michigan, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations such as the rising 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, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is infinitely more efficient and dependable than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly important here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the most viable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. WaterFurnace Michiana is a respected Southwest Michigan geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, the only thing you should really 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 WaterFurnace Michiana today!