Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Kitsap County Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re constructing a new home or enhancing your current abode, the decisionion to install either a conventional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s rarely the case that Kitsap County people don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to disparage, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal often 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 Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d have to fix or replace any component of a geothermal system. Besides that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are shooting upwards continually. 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 says is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each 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 As Yet “Unproven.” The fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Kitsap County, across the nation, 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, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is considerably more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely relevant here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Thermal Systems is a highly regarded Kitsap County geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you own it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Thermal Systems today!