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

Regardless of whether you’re raising a new home or improving your present abode, the determination to install either a typical HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Tennessee Valley homeowners don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a small number of mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal almost always involve 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely without merit; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially as they relate to the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – 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 be obliged to repair or replace any component of a geothermal system. On top of that, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are shooting 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 says is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you own your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in Tennessee Valley, across the nation, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations such as the rising 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 nervous about choosing a geothermal system. They’re see that geothermal technology is much more efficient and trustworthy than traditional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely important here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and analyze the comprehensive 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 mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Southern Solar Systems is a respected Tennessee Valley geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you have it.

In the end, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Southern Solar Systems today!