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

No matter if you’re raising a new home or updating your current home, the determination to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s hardly ever the case that Omaha residents don’t see 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 performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal almost always 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 As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, to be certain! – installing 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 need to fix or replace any component of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are mounting all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 indicates is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in countless installations here in Omaha, 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 are skittish about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is much more efficient and trustworthy than traditional 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 important here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the general costs and ROI of each. If your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the most viable alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Complete Comfort is a trusted Omaha geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Complete Comfort today!