2 Major Jasper Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. Payback

No two ways about it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Initial costs here in Jasper tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. First off, a variety of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings possible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment relatively quickly. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the final cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for something like 15 years. Because geothermal systems tend to keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You just have to figure out at the start what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Offset Any Anxieties About Front-End Costs

Let us tick off the top benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could lower your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work 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 required, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are shielded from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a little clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Jasper geothermal pros at Hulsman Refrigeration, Inc.. We’re eager to help, whatever you decide.