Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for Denver Homeowners

Whether you’re building a new home or enhancing your present residence, the determination to go with either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Denver people don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on operating 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 doubts about going geothermal typically 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 Scarce Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially as they relate to the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – appreciably longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d swap out a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d be obliged to fix or replace any element of a geothermal system. In addition, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are mounting constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 means is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in numerous installations here in Denver, across the country, 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, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners are apprehensive about choosing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and trustworthy than standard high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely relevant here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Sensible Heating & Cooling is a highly regarded Denver 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 Sensible Heating & Cooling today!