2 Critical Georgetown County 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 an expensive proposition. Starting costs here in Georgetown County tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a conventional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Next, the energy savings possible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment relatively soon. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Because geothermal systems usually endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You merely 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 Starting Costs

Allow us to cite the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to typical heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could shrink your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat removed from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so you’re not endangered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need further information on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Georgetown County geothermal pros at Waccamaw Heating & Cooling. We’re eager to help, regardless of what you decide.