2 Major Pittsburgh Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

No two ways about it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Starting costs here in Pittsburgh tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as pricy, usually, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a standard-issue HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First off, a variety of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Second, the energy savings feasible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may delay full repayment for something like 15 years. Given that geothermal systems typically endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Worries About Initial Costs

We’ll list the major benefits:

  • Compared to typical heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could minimize 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 run by combustion, so you’re not endangered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there are so 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 hang in there for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want more information on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Consult with the Pittsburgh geothermal experts at E & D Company HVAC LLC. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.