2 Critical Omaha Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

No doubt about it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in Omaha tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, normally, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First off, certain incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Second, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment right away. 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 prevent full repayment for as much as 15 years. Given that geothermal systems frequently endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You merely have to decide early on what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Concerns About Initial Costs

Allow us to itemize the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to standard 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 you’re not troubled by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than conventional systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want further information on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Consult with the Omaha geothermal experts at Complete Comfort. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.