Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Des Moines Homeowners

It doesn’t matter if you’re constructing a new home or improving your present abode, the choice to equip it with either a traditional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s rarely the case that Des Moines people don’t see the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s not to be thrilled with, after all, about a system that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has only a handful of mechanical parts, that requires little maintenance, that can keep on running efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can lower energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial reservations about going geothermal usually have to do with 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 Is As Yet “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Right Alternative.
  5. Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s examine these fears individually.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t totally groundless; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – significantly longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, make no mistake! – installing geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d replace a new boiler, for example, at least once before you’d be obliged to overhaul or replace any component of a geothermal system. Besides that, with an ordinary system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those expenditures are escalating constantly. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and maximizes 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 indicates is that, for every 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.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself time and again in countless installations here in Des Moines, across the country, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Situations such as the rising 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. Obviously, fewer and fewer homeowners are skittish about opting for a geothermal system. They’re finding geothermal technology far more efficient and trustworthy than run-of-the-mill high-efficiency gas furnaces and whole-house air conditioners.

Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Most Advantageous Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll have to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the general 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 suitable alternative – for the reasons given above.

Fear of Sparse Dealer Support and Service. We can quell this fear right here and now. Sherman Co. LLC is a respected Des Moines geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to cover your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

In the final analysis, the only thing you ought to fear is losing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at Sherman Co. LLC today!