2 Critical Boise Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. Payback

It’s an inescapable fact: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Starting costs here in Boise tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as pricy, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Also, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment right away. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems tend to last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be in good financial shape. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Any Anxieties About Starting Costs

We’ll itemize the major benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease 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 operate by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements ensure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for further information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Boise geothermal pros at Idaho Geothermal, LLC. We’re eager to help, regardless of what you decide.