How Do I Decide Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My Michigan Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopYou might well ask someone who still doesn’t know about geothermal heating and cooling if they’ve been living underground for, oh, say, the last half century. Of course, that person would more than likely miss the irony of your question, since the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

At this point, though, most Michigan homeowners understand at least a smidgin about the benefits of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are mulling one over, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their existing system or as the system they install in that new home they’re having built for them.

Contemplating converting to geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are attractive:

  • Switching out your old-fashioned HVAC system with a geothermal one could help you lower your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are incredibly energy efficient. That, along with the fact that they have a benignly symbiotic relationship with the environment, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems you could install.
  • Considering the options geothermal systems give you – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, to begin with – you have a better chance of assuring that the system you pick is the most efficient and effective for your Michigan home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are designed, engineered, built, and installed for generations of trusty operation. The fact that they have so few parts, require less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be located indoors, out of the weather, certainly helps.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be put in any time of the year. The weather and the temperature are no hindrance, and no additional fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Only a small patch of your yard need be dedicated to a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is needed is inconspicuous; your home and landscaping will lose none of the “curb appeal” you work diligently to maintain.
  • Last, but not least, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming more and more feasible from a cost perspective – even in the (one would hope) temporary absence of federal tax credits and rebates. Advances in system design and manufacturing processes as well as greater competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
Still, as pleasing as all this might be, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a major investment. Whether or not it’s the most appropriate investment for you depends not only on your financial situation but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the present ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you decide to replace or retrofit your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, contact the professionals at Kozy Home Heating & Cooling (aka AllTemp Comfort). We can help you make the best choice – and see that you get the best geothermal heating and cooling solution for your Michigan home.