Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Put to Rest for Panama City Homeowners

Whether you’re raising a new home or enhancing your present abode, the choice to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s hardly ever the case that Panama City people don’t grasp 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 few mechanical parts, that calls for little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or so, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal almost always 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely baseless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of traditional heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – opting for geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d have to overhaul or replace any component of a geothermal system. In addition, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are climbing all the time. 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 tells you is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent each year for as long as you have your system. The savings will begin as soon as it’s operational, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in countless installations here in Panama City, across the country, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Considerations such as the rising 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 are uneasy about going with a geothermal system. They’re discovering that geothermal technology is much 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 Right Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll want to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh 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 emerge as the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service. We can allay this fear right here and now. Ridge Heating and Air is a highly regarded Panama City geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work personally with you from the start, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement for as long as you have it.

The only thing you really need fear is not being able to enjoy all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and serenity a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Ridge Heating and Air today!