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

No matter if you’re raising a new home or updating your present home, the choice to install either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s almost never the case that Knoxville homeowners don’t recognize the benefits of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal frequently 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 Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Meager Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s look at these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d find it necessary to repair or replace any element of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are skyrocketing continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 says is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself over and over again in inumerable installations here in Knoxville, across the nation, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Influences such as the ever-growing 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, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about opting for a geothermal system. They’re see 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 Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and analyze the final costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can allay this fear right here and now. Smith and Associates Geothermal is a highly regarded Knoxville geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as you own it.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Smith and Associates Geothermal today!