2 Vital Burlington Geothermal Heating and Cooling Considerations

1.     Front-End Costs vs. Payback

It’s an unavoidable fact: replacing your current HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system is an expensive proposition. Front-end costs here in Burlington tend to be anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 – or higher. Lot size, site accessibility, system configuration, ground conditions, and other considerations]17] account for that. So too does the amount of excavation that has to be done and what type of ductwork modifications are necessary. And if you’re building a new home? It’s not as expensive, overall, but it’ll still cost roughly 40 percent more than a more common HVAC system will cost you.

Okay, you wanted the bad news first. Now, for the good news. To begin with, certain incentives and rebates may be available at the federal, state and local level to help you bear the installation costs. Also, the energy savings possible with your new geothermal heating and cooling system will help you begin to recoup your initial investment almost immediately. So you could recoup your investment in as little as four years. But understand: Local utility rates and the end cost of your installation may delay full repayment for as long as 15 years. Since geothermal systems typically keep working for upwards of 30 or 50 years, though, you’ll still come out ahead. You simply have to decide early on what your finances can take … and how patient you are.

2.     Geothermal Benefits Can Easily Override Any Anxieties About Starting Costs

Allow us to list the most consequential benefits:

  • Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, geothermal heating and cooling could nick as much as 30 to 60 percent off your heating bills. And it could reduce 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 work 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 needed, geothermal heating and cooling systems are much quieter than conventional systems.
  • Since there are so few moving parts and geothermal systems are sheltered from the elements, you’re pretty much guaranteed many decades of low-maintenance, top-performance use. Indoor components may hold up for about 30 years, ground loops, about 50.

Looking for more information on any of these points in order to make a decision about your heating and cooling options? Visit the Burlington geothermal pros at Crabbe Service. We’re happy to help, no matter what you decide.