Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Boise Homeowners

It really makes little difference whether you’re erecting a new home or improving your current residence, the choice to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s seldom the case that Boise residents don’t understand 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 hardly any mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on functioning 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 objections to going geothermal usually have to do with 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 Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one by one.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of other kinds of heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d find it necessary to repair or replace any element of a geothermal system. On top of that, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are skyrocketing constantly. 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 indicates is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself time and again in countless installations here in Boise, across the continent, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is much more efficient and reliable than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and analyze the overall costs and ROI of each. Provided your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will likely prove the best alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Idaho Geothermal, LLC is a highly regarded Boise geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, the only thing you should really fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and peace of mind a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Idaho Geothermal, LLC today!