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

It matters not if you’re constructing a new home or upgrading your current home, the choice to go with either a conventional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Pittsburgh residents don’t understand 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 hardly any mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on operating efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial trepidations about going geothermal usually 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 Is As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally baseless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – going with 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 need to overhaul or replace any part of a geothermal system. Beyond that, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are shooting upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Pittsburgh, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations 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. Clearly, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are nervous about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is far more efficient and reliable than conventional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly relevant here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the final costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely prove the most suitable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. E & D Company HVAC LLC is a respected Pittsburgh 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 need for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at E & D Company HVAC LLC today!