Time to Retrofit Your San Antonio Home with a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System?

Old home or new, if you’re dissatisfied with your present HVAC system, 2018 could be the year – should be the year – you update to geothermal. Prices probably won’t ever be better. And, if you need help with the up-front cash outlay, interest-free loans are often available to homeowners from manufacturers, vendors, and installation contractors. You’d be wise to speak now with Southwest Mechanical Services, the San Antonio geothermal specialists, about what financing options you may have – that is, if you’re earnest about going with a geothermal heating and cooling system this year. Southwest Mechanical Services can also counsel you as to whether or not any current state or local homeowner programs might offer financial relief of some kind. Tax credits may come into play too. After all, geothermal heating and cooling systems are obviously an enhancement in energy efficiency over conventional HVAC systems.

There’s some good news, too, about the initial cost of a geothermal retrofit. First, a newly installed geothermal system will significantly slash your home’s utility bills. Right away, you could see savings of anywhere from 20 to 50 percent on cooling – and 30 to 60 percent on heating! Eventually, then, your geothermal system will pay for itself. And you’d better believe it, you’re going to enjoy your geothermal system for a very long time.

Figure that a regular furnace, even when correctly maintained, might last, oh, say, 15 years. A geothermal system? It’s mechanics are designed and fabricated to last up to 30 years. And the ground loop buried in your yard is good for 50 years at least!

So … initial cost considerations aside, a geothermal heating and cooling system is more advantageous for you no matter how you look at it. Among its greatest attributes are …

  • having a perpetually – and easily – renewable source of energy, directly from the earth,
  • being an efficient “two-in-one” system – heating and cooling facility wrapped in one trim package
  • lower operating costs – since geothermal systems run on so little electricity,
  • an exceptionally long lifespan – as described above,
  • significantly quieter operation than standard heating and cooling systems – given that much of your geothermal system is buried outside in the yard, and the portions of it that aren’t don’t undergo the same stresses and strains,
  • lower repair costs – besides a modest schedule of inspections and changing or cleaning filters, you have fewer maintenance necessities with a geothermal system since its relatively few parts are just transferring heat from the ground, not producing it,
  • cleaner and safer operation – in contrast to combustion appliances, geothermal systems present no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, instead producing clean, gloriously breathable air, and, of course,
  • heating and cooling capabilities that rank among the most environmentally friendly of any system around – since, in the winter, a geothermal system is just transferring heat from the ground into your home, and in the summer, it’s removing heat to keep your home cool.

So what’s holding you back? Make this the year you retrofit and enhance your home with a geothermal heating and cooling system. Talk with Southwest Mechanical Services now about the best way to go about it!