Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Lansing Homeowners

Whether you’re constructing a new home or improving your present home, 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 Lansing residents don’t recognize the benefits 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 hardly any mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, 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 Is As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d find it necessary to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. Then, too, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 says is that, for each 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.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in inumerable installations here in Lansing, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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. Clearly, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about choosing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and trustworthy than traditional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely important here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the general costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can put an end to this fear right here and now. S&J Heating and Insulation, Inc. is a highly regarded Lansing geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the start, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at S&J Heating and Insulation, Inc. today!