2 Key Maryville Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Up-Front Costs vs. Payback

No doubt about it: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is a pricy proposition. Initial costs here in Maryville tend to run anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or more. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other matters account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are needed. And if you’re having a new home constructed? It’s not as expensive, usually, but it’ll still cost around 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve dispensed with the bad news. Let’s focus now on the good news. First, a variety of incentives and rebates may be obtainable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Next, the energy savings possible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment in no time. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But be forwarned: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for something like 15 years. Because geothermal systems usually keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still be ahead of the game. You just have to determine early on what your finances can weather … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Worries About Initial Costs

Let us itemize the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to ordinary heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could slash as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could shrink 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.
  • Given that no outdoor fans or compressors are required, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than traditional systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are protected 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.

Need further information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Consult with the Maryville geothermal experts at A&L Heating and Air, LLC. We’re eager to help, regardless of what you decide.