Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Omaha Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re raising a new home or improving your present home, the decisionion to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s almost never the case that Omaha residents don’t grasp the benefits of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a small number of mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial concerns about going geothermal often entail 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 Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of typical 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 be obliged to repair or replace any part 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 prices are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 tells you is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in numerous installations here in Omaha, across the continent, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations 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, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are nervous about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is far more efficient and trustworthy than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly important here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the general costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can dispense with this fear right here and now. Getzschman Heating & Air Conditioning is a trusted Omaha geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the start, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you have it.

In the final analysis, 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 Getzschman Heating & Air Conditioning today!