Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Dispelled for San Antonio Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re constructing a new home or updating your current home, the determination to go with either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a troublesome one. It’s hardly ever the case that San Antonio people don’t recognize the benefits 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 only a small number of mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on running 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 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 Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s delve into these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely without basis; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly when you consider the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – significantly longer than the life of standard heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – opting for 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 find it necessary to overhaul or replace any element of a geothermal system. On top of that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are shooting upwards all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 yearly for as long as you own your system. The savings will commence as soon as it’s up and running, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” The truth is, modern geothermal technology has proven itself time and again in numerous installations here in San Antonio, across the nation, and around the globe 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 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 Might Not Be the Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using conventional energy sources and weigh the final costs and ROI of each. Provided your home is situated on enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt present itself as the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. Southwest Mechanical Services is a highly regarded San Antonio 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 need for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need 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 Southwest Mechanical Services today!