2 Major Kearney Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. Payback

There’s no escaping it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Up-front costs here in Kearney can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as pricy, generally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s turn now to the good news. First off, various incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. What’s more, the energy savings possible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment in no time. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be prepared: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may delay full repayment for something like 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems tend to last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You simply have to figure out early on what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Concerns About Front-End Costs

We’ll itemize the major benefits:

  • Compared to conventional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce 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 work by combustion, so you’re not endangered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • Since there aren’t many moving parts at all and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for further information on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Kearney geothermal specialists at Axmann Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re happy to help, regardless of what you decide.