2 Key Starkville Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Initial Costs vs. ROI

It’s an unassailable fact: replacing your present HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Initial costs here in Starkville can be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or above. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other factors account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what kind of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re having a new home built? It’s not as expensive, usually, but it’ll still cost approximately 40 percent more than a standard-issue HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, we’ve gotten the bad news out of the way. Let’s focus now on the good news. To begin with, some sort of incentives and rebates may be accesable at the federal, state and local level to assist you with installation costs. Next, the energy savings you could realize with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment relatively soon. That means you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may slow full repayment for, oh, say 15 years. Given that geothermal systems tend to endure for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You merely have to figure out at the start what your finances can tolerate … and how patient you are.

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

We’ll itemize the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to more familiar 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 there are no greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc.) and no fire safety or air quality concerns.
  • Because no outdoor fans or compressors are needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems run much quieter than traditional systems.
  • The absence of many complicated moving parts and the fact that geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements pretty much guarantee many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hang in there for 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? Turn to the Starkville geothermal specialists at Mid South Air Conditioning, Inc.. We’re glad to help, whatever you decide.