Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Laid to Rest for Scranton Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re constructing a new home or upgrading your current abode, the determination to install either a conventional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s rarely the case that Scranton homeowners don’t grasp the benefits of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on running 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 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best 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 entirely without merit; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to repair or replace any component 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 prices are shooting upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Is As Yet “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in inumerable installations here in Scranton, across the country, and around the globe 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. Certainly, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners have qualms] about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is far more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely important here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and assess the general costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service. We can allay this fear right here and now. Jim Lamberti Contracting Services, LLC is a trusted Scranton geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Jim Lamberti Contracting Services, LLC today!