Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Georgetown County Homeowners

It matters not if you’re building a new home or updating your current home, the decisionion to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s seldom the case that Georgetown County homeowners don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial reservations about going geothermal often 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 Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s review these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much 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 swap out a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d find it necessary to overhaul or replace any part of a geothermal system. Beyond that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are skyrocketing all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 indicates is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in Georgetown County, across the continent, and around the world 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. Obviously, shrinking numbers of homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is far more efficient and trustworthy than old-fashioned high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and analyze the final costs and ROI of each. Provided your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt prove the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Waccamaw Heating & Cooling is a respected Georgetown County geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Waccamaw Heating & Cooling today!