2 Major Hattiesburg Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. ROI

You can’t avoid it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Starting costs here in Hattiesburg tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, normally, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. To begin with, various incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Next, the energy savings possible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment almost immediately. 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 hold up full repayment for something like 15 years. Since geothermal systems typically last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be in good financial shape. You merely have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can withstand … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Any Anxieties About Initial Costs

We’ll enumerate the top benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could slash as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower 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 operate by combustion, so you’re not confronted with greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for more information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Talk with the Hattiesburg geothermal experts at American Air Specialists. We’re glad to help, regardless of what you decide.