Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Cape Cod Homeowners

Whether you’re building a new home or upgrading your current residence, the decisionion to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s almost never the case that Cape Cod homeowners don’t grasp the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to disparage, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has few mechanical parts, that needs little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal typically involve 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 May Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely without merit; 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 typical heating and cooling systems, to be sure! – installing 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 have to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. Then, too, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are spiraling upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and elevates 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 each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each 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 fact is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in inumerable installations here in Cape Cod, 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, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is far 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 Best Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and analyze the overall costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly present itself as the most suitable alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service. We can put this fear to rest right here and now. Atlantic Well Drilling is a trusted Cape Cod 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 not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and contentment a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Atlantic Well Drilling today!