2 Crucial Kitsap County Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

There’s no escaping it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Up-front costs here in Kitsap County tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as expensive, normally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a standard-issue HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings feasible 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, oh, say 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You simply have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Any Anxieties About Front-End Costs

Let us list the top benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat taken 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.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than conventional systems.
  • The absence of many complicated 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 last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for more information on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Kitsap County geothermal pros at Thermal Systems. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.