Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for New Jersey Homeowners

Whether you’re erecting a new home or enhancing your current residence, the choice to install either a conventional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s almost never the case that New Jersey residents don’t see the advantages of geothermal. What’s to dislike, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on performing efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to 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 Is Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely without merit; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – strikingly longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, to be certain! – choosing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d find it necessary to fix or replace any component of a geothermal system. On top of that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are climbing all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 tells you is that, for every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you own your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in a multitude of installations here in New Jersey, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Circumstances 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. Clearly, ever more dwindling numbers of homeowners are apprehensive about opting for a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is much more efficient and trustworthy than traditional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Proper Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely relevant here. You’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the most suitable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Energy Smarts Mechanical is a trusted New Jersey geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service demand for as long as it’s yours.

In the end, 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 Energy Smarts Mechanical today!