2 Key Port Washington Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. Payback

It’s an insurmountable fact: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Front-end costs here in Port Washington can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors play into it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as expensive, usually, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s focus now on the good news. First, certain incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Then, too, the energy savings achievable with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start paying back your initial investment in no time. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the total cost of your installation may hold up full repayment for something like 15 years. Given that geothermal systems frequently endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still make out all right. You merely 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 Up-Front Costs

Let us tick off the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to common heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could minimize 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 run by combustion, so you’re not troubled by greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Since no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems operate much quieter than traditional systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for a bit of clarification on any of these matters in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Port Washington geothermal pros at Professional Geothermal Systems. We’re eager to help, no matter what you decide.