Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Denver Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re raising a new home or updating your current residence, the determination to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Denver people don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial reservations about going geothermal generally have to do with 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 delve into these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely without merit; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d find it necessary to fix or replace any part of a geothermal system. Beyond that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are escalating 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 dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in various installations here in Denver, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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. Clearly, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is much more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly of consequence here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can allay this fear right here and now. WaterFurnace is a highly regarded Denver geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and peace of mind a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at WaterFurnace today!