Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Wilmington Homeowners

Whether you’re raising a new home or improving your present abode, the decisionion to install either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s rarely the case that Wilmington people don’t understand the benefits of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a system 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 functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial qualms 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 May Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially 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, make no mistake! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d be obliged to overhaul or replace any part of a geothermal system. On top of that, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are rising all the time. 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 and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in numerous installations here in Wilmington, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations 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, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about opting for a geothermal system. They’re see that geothermal technology is much more efficient and dependable than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the overall costs and ROI of each. Provided your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely prove the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service. We can quell this fear right here and now. O'Brien Service Company is a trusted Wilmington geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the start, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you own it.

The only thing 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 O'Brien Service Company today!