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

Whether you’re raising a new home or enhancing your present abode, the determination to go with either a conventional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a tough one. It’s almost never the case that Alaska people don’t grasp the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to like, after all, about a system 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 functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or more, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial doubts about going geothermal often 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 May Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Scarce Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially 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, that’s for certain! – choosing 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 find it necessary to fix or replace any part of a geothermal system. In addition, with a conventional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are mounting constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and boosts 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 and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you have your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Is Still “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself time and again in various installations here in Alaska, across the nation, and around the world since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors 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, shrinking numbers of homeowners are nervous about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is far 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 Best Alternative. Financial considerations are definitely of consequence here. You’d be best advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the final costs and ROI of each. If your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt present itself as the best alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Energy Efficiency Associates is a respected Alaska geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the start, 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.

All you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Energy Efficiency Associates today!