How Do I Decide Whether Geothermal Heating and Cooling Is Right for My San Antonio Home?

picture of house with geothermal loopYou might well ask someone who still hasn’t gotten the word about geothermal heating and cooling if they’ve been living underground for, oh, say, the last half century. Of course, that person would more than likely miss the irony of your question, since the source of geothermal heating and cooling lies underground.

At present, though, most San Antonio homeowners understand at least something about the perks of a geothermal HVAC system. More of them are deliberating over one, too – either as a replacement or upgrade to their present system or as the system they install in that new home they’ll soon have under construction.

Contemplating going geothermal yourself? Well, the benefits certainly are appealing:

  • Swapping your traditional HVAC system for a geothermal one could help you slash your heating and cooling costs by as much as 80 percent!
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are remarkably energy efficient. That, in addition to the fact that they don’t fight the environment, but work with it, make them the most environmentally friendly HVAC systems available today.
  • Thanks to the options geothermal systems give you – package units, split systems, and duel-fuel systems, to begin with – you’re in more of a position to see to it that the system you select is the most efficient and effective for your San Antonio home.
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems are designed, engineered, built, and installed for generations of trustworthy performance. The fact that they have few parts, require less maintenance, have vertical or horizontal loops installed underground or in ponds or wells, and call for the heat-exchange equipment to be situated indoors, out of the weather, makes a considerable difference.
  • A geothermal heating and cooling system can be installed any time of the year. The weather and the temperature are no hindrance, and no extra fees are charged for “seasonal reasons.”
  • Very little of your yard space is necessary for a geothermal heating and cooling system. And what space is required is unobtrusive; your home and landscaping won’t be deprived of the “curb appeal” you work diligently to maintain.
  • Last, but not least, geothermal heating and cooling systems are becoming increasingly affordable – even without the current availability of federal tax credits and rebates. Enhancements in system design and manufacturing processes as well as increased competition in the marketplace are what’s helping drive costs down.
 
That said, as motivating as all this is, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a considerable investment. Whether or not it’s the ideal investment for you depends not only on your financial situation but also on such factors as the land space available for the heat-exchange loop and the present ductwork in your home if you’re retrofitting.

Before you set about replacing or retrofitting your current HVAC system with a geothermal system, consult with the pros at Southwest Mechanical Services. We can help you make the most sensible choice – and deliver the finest geothermal heating and cooling solution for your San Antonio home.