2 Major Denver Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. Payback

It’s an insurmountable fact: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a costly proposition. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues come to bear on it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as budget-busting, normally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a typical HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? To begin with, some sort of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Also, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment relatively quickly. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may prevent full repayment for something like 15 years. Because geothermal systems frequently last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You merely have to decide early on what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Concerns About Front-End Costs

Let us list the top benefits:

  • Compared to typical heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could lop 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 transferred from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t run by combustion, so you’re not confronted with greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than common systems.
  • Since there are few moving parts and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may be good for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a bit of clarification on any of these issues in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Denver geothermal specialists at Sensible Heating & Cooling. We’re eager to help, regardless of what you decide.