2 Major Omaha Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. Payback

You can’t get around it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Up-front costs here in Omaha can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. 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 required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as budget-busting, usually, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? First off, certain incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment relatively soon. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for something like 15 years. Since geothermal systems usually keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You just have to determine early on what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Concerns About Initial Costs

Allow us to enumerate the top benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could shrink your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than traditional systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want further information on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Talk with the Omaha geothermal experts at Getzschman Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re happy to help, no matter what you decide.