Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for Knoxville Homeowners

No matter if you’re erecting a new home or upgrading your present home, the decisionion to install either a common HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a difficult one. It’s rarely the case that Knoxville people don’t recognize the advantages 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 hardly any mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on functioning 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 misgivings about going geothermal almost always 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 Most Advantageous Alternative.
  5. Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely 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 – far longer than the life of other sorts of heating and cooling systems, that’s for 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 be obliged to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. Furthermore, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are spiraling upwards 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 says 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 operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in countless installations here in Knoxville, across the continent, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors 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. Certainly, fewer and fewer homeowners have qualms] about installing a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology much more efficient and trustworthy than traditional high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations are certainly important here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and analyze the comprehensive costs and ROI of each. Should your home be situated on 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 Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. is a trusted Knoxville geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to handle your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to 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 Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. today!