2 Major Denver Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. Payback

No doubt about it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Initial costs here in Denver tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. 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 kind of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than an ordinary 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 offered at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment almost immediately. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be advised: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for something like 15 years. Because geothermal systems usually keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You merely have to figure out at the start what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Any Anxieties About Starting Costs

We’ll enumerate the top benefits:

  • Compared to common 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 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 required, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there are few moving parts and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need further information on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Denver geothermal pros at WaterFurnace . We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.