2 Major Columbus, Ohio Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. ROI

There’s no escaping it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Initial costs here in Columbus, Ohio can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other issues account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 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, various incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Second, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be prepared: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for as much as 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems typically last for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be in good financial shape. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Any Anxieties About Up-Front Costs

Allow us to list the most important benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t work by combustion, so you’re not endangered by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than common systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a bit of clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Columbus, Ohio geothermal pros at Geo Source One Inc.. We’re eager to help, no matter what you decide.