2 Major Medina Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. Payback

No doubt about it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Initial costs here in Medina tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as pricy, normally, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a conventional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. To begin with, a number of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Second, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment almost immediately. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for something like 15 years. Given that geothermal systems typically last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Concerns About Initial Costs

Let us tick off the top benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip 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 work by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements pretty much guarantee many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a bit of clarification on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Talk with the Medina geothermal experts at Sisler Heating & Cooling, Inc.. We’re glad to help, no matter what you decide.