2 Crucial Dexter Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

It’s an insurmountable fact: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Starting costs here in Dexter tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other conditions]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as pricy, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s tune in now to the good news. First, certain incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment right away. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Since geothermal systems usually last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You simply have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Any Anxieties About Up-Front Costs

We’ll enumerate the top benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut 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 transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements pretty much guarantee many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a little clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Speak with the Dexter geothermal pros at Haley Mechanical. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.