Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Allayed for New Jersey Homeowners

Regardless of whether you’re raising a new home or improving your present home, the decisionion to go with either a conventional HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s hardly ever the case that New Jersey residents don’t recognize the positive aspects of geothermal. What’s to dismiss, after all, about a technology that heats and cools your home naturally without fossil fuels and combustion, that has hardly any mechanical parts, that demands little maintenance, that can keep on functioning efficiently for 30 to 50 years or better, and that can slash energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial objections to going geothermal almost always involve 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 Still “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling Might Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Limited Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s study these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t competely unfounded; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, especially regarding the installation of ground loops. But given the life of a geothermal system – far longer than the life of conventional heating and cooling systems, that’s for certain! – going with geothermal is an investment in long-term energy efficiency and comfortable living. You’d exchange a new boiler, for instance, at least once before you’d be obliged to repair or replace any part of a geothermal system. Then, too, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those prices are climbing all the time. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and improves 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 means is that, for each dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent per year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will kick in as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” As it stands, modern geothermal technology has proven itself many times over in inumerable installations here in New Jersey, across the continent, and around the globe since first introduced in the late 1940s. Factors such as the increased 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 realizing that geothermal technology is vastly more efficient and dependable 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’d be well advised to compare renewable-energy technology with that using traditional energy sources and weigh the general costs and ROI of each. Should your home occupy enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will undoubtedly emerge as the best alternative – for the reasons mentioned above.

Fear of Inadequate Dealer Support and Service. We can lay this fear to rest right here and now. J. Zanes LLC is a respected New Jersey geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the get-go, and we’ll be there to take care of your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service need for as long as it’s yours.

All you really need fear is missing out on all the comfort, efficiency, energy-bill savings, and tranquility a geothermal heating and cooling system provides. Contact the geothermal experts at J. Zanes LLC today!