Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Long Island Homeowners

Whether you’re erecting a new home or upgrading your present abode, the choice to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s almost never the case that Long Island people don’t recognize the benefits of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a small number of mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on running 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 typically 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of other types of heating and cooling systems, to be certain! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d find it necessary to overhaul or replace any component of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are spiraling upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in Long Island, across the continent, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations 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, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about installing a geothermal system. They’re see that geothermal technology is far more efficient and trustworthy than traditional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the general costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly prove the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. ZBF Geothermal is a respected Long Island geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you own it.

In the end, the only thing you ought to 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 ZBF Geothermal today!