Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Central New Jersey Homeowners

Whether you’re erecting a new home or enhancing your present abode, the choice to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s seldom the case that Central New Jersey people don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can cut energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial misgivings about going geothermal almost always 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 Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – strikingly longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – 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 repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. In addition, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are spiraling upwards continually. 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 means is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in countless installations here in Central New Jersey, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners are uneasy about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is vastly more efficient and reliable than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the general costs and ROI of each. Provided your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. CMS Geothermal is a highly regarded Central New Jersey geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you have it.

In the end, the only thing you should really 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 CMS Geothermal today!