2 Crucial Lansing Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

It’s an unassailable fact: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in Lansing 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 sort of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as pricy, usually, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First off, some sort of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Next, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment relatively quickly. 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 hold up full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Given that geothermal systems often endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Worries About Initial Costs

Allow us to enumerate the top benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease 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 endangered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded 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.

Looking for a little clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Talk with the Lansing geothermal experts at S&J Heating and Insulation, Inc.. We’re happy to help, whatever you decide.