2 Major San Antonio Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Starting Costs vs. Payback

No doubt about it: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Initial costs here in San Antonio can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what sort of ductwork modifications are required. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, normally, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a traditional HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Next, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment almost immediately. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But , then again: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for as long as 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems typically keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be in good financial shape. You simply have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can bear … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Outweigh Concerns About Front-End Costs

Allow us to itemize the major benefits:

  • Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could decrease your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat taken from the ground.
  • Geothermal heat pumps don’t operate by combustion, so there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • Since there are few moving parts and geothermal systems are protected from the elements, you’re assured many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a little clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the San Antonio geothermal pros at Southwest Mechanical Services. We’re eager to help, regardless of what you decide.