How Do I Know Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Southwest Michigan Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopYou might well ask someone who still doesn’t know about geothermal heating and cooling if they’ve been living underground for the last 50 years or so. Of course, that person would surely miss the irony of your question, given that the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

At present, though, most Southwest Michigan homeowners have heard at least something about the benefits of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are mulling one over, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their present system or as the system they install in that new home they’ll soon have under construction.

Considering going geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are appealing:

  • Switching out your old, familiar HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you cut your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are extraordinarily energy efficient. That, in conjunction with the fact that they have a benignly symbiotic relationship with the environment, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems around.
  • With the options geothermal systems provide – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, first off – you’re in a better position to see to it that the system you choose is the most efficient and effective for your Southwest Michigan home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are designed, engineered, built, and installed for generations of trusty operation. The fact that they have few parts, require less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be sheltered indoors, out of the weather, definitely helps.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed any time you want. The weather and the temperature are no hindrance, and no extra fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Only a teeny, tiny bit of your yard need be set aside for a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is needed is inconspicuous; the “curb appeal” of your home should be completely unaffected.
  • As if all this weren’t incentive enough, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming ever more feasible from a cost perspective – even in the (one would hope) temporary absence of federal tax credits and rebates. Advances in system design and manufacturing processes as well as increased competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
That said, as pleasing as all this might be, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a major investment. Whether or not it’s the most appropriate investment for you is determined not only by your budget but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the existing ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you decide to replace or retrofit your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, contact the pros at WaterFurnace Michiana. We can help you make the most sensible choice – and provide you with the best geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Southwest Michigan home.