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

Whether you’re erecting a new home or improving your present home, the choice to install either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s hardly ever the case that Hattiesburg residents don’t recognize the benefits of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that demands 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 trepidations about going geothermal often entail 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 examine these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d find it necessary to fix or replace any component of a geothermal system. On top of that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in numerous installations here in Hattiesburg, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Influences such as the ever-growing 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, shrinking numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is infinitely more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly of consequence here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the final costs and ROI of each. Provided your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. American Air Specialists is a highly regarded Hattiesburg geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand 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 you own it.

The only thing you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at American Air Specialists today!