Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Michigan Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re building a new home or updating your current abode, the choice to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s seldom the case that Michigan residents don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to disparage, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on working efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial misgivings about going geothermal generally 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 Proper Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unfounded; 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 – appreciably longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d be obliged to repair or replace any element of a geothermal system. Then, too, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are mounting continually. 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 dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in a multitude of installations here in Michigan, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations 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. Certainly, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are nervous about going with a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is far 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 Best Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Kozy Home Heating & Cooling is a trusted Michigan geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as you own it.

The only thing you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Kozy Home Heating & Cooling today!