2 Key Tennessee Valley Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. Payback

It’s an inescapable fact: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Front-end costs here in Tennessee Valley tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First off, some sort of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Second, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment almost immediately. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Because geothermal systems frequently keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You just have to determine at the start what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

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

Allow us to tick off the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could slash 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 taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate 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 needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hang in there for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need more information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Tennessee Valley geothermal experts at Southern Solar Systems. We’re happy to help, whatever you decide.