2 Critical Des Moines Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

It’s an unassailable fact: replacing your existing HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Initial costs here in Des Moines can run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] have a say in it. So too does the amount of excavation that must be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as budget-busting, overall, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, so much for the bad news. How about some good news? First off, certain incentives and rebates may be offered at the federal, state and local level to help you out with installation costs. Also, the energy savings you could experience with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. That means 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 delay full repayment for something like 15 years. Given that geothermal systems tend to keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You simply have to figure out early on what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

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

Let us itemize the most significant benefits:

  • Compared to conventional heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could clip 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 confronted with greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and you have no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than ordinary systems.
  • The absence of many complex moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are effectively shielded from the elements pretty much guarantee many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Want a bit of clarification on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Turn to the Des Moines geothermal specialists at Sherman Co. LLC. We’re happy to help, no matter what you decide.