2 Major Abilene Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

There’s no escaping it: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Up-front costs here in Abilene can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what type of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as pricy, generally, but it’ll still cost about 40 percent more than an ordinary HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, that’s the bad news. And, yes, there is some good news. First, various incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Second, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will start returning your initial investment right away. The upshot is, you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be advised: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Seeing as how geothermal systems tend to endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You just have to calculate sooner rather than later what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Concerns About Up-Front Costs

Let us check off the top benefits:

  • Compared to ordinary heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could cut as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce your cooling costs by as much as 20 to 50 percent.
  • Geothermal systems use renewable energy – heat extracted 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.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are necessary, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than typical, run-of-the-mill systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are protected from the elements insure many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may last about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Need a little clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Abilene geothermal pros at Southwest Air Conditioning. We’re eager to help, regardless of what you decide.