Adding Geothermal heating and cooling systems in your home is an efficient way to conserve energy and save money, but it is smart to do some homework before making the final decision.
When customers contact us about geothermal energy, here are some common questions we ask to learn if geothermal is a feasible option for their home. Try answering these questions on your own if you’re unsure whether installing geothermal heating is the best option for you.
How Much Research Have You Done on Geothermal for Homeowners at This Point?
It’s helpful to understand the basics of geothermal energy so that we can craft our explanations in a way you would best understand. What we don’t want to do is mention terms that are foreign to you and have you lost during our discussion.
One of the biggest differences between geothermal and other types of HVAC systems is the need to excavate a hole deep enough for the system to utilize the natural heat from the earth’s lower crust.
This requires a bit of heavy machinery and viable space. Unfortunately, some homes will be ineligible for geothermal systems due to the size constraints of their yards.
How Do You Currently Heat Your Home?
Knowing what your existing home heating and cooling system is will help us figure out the possible integration, and compatibility of geothermal. Often, we work with homeowners who aren’t entirely sure what type of HVAC system is installed in their home, and this can cause confusion.
Have You Thought About How Much Geothermal Costs?
When determining how much geothermal will cost for a homeowner, we try to be as transparent as possible so that you are aware of the upfront costs to help align with your budget, but the cost can vary based on excavation requirements, home design, and more. There are savings incentives, too, such as a 30% federal tax credit, which we’re more than happy to discuss.
In addition to the tax credit, over time your system will use much less energy and require far less maintenance. Did you know the pipes for geothermal systems typically last for at least one hundred years? Although initial costs can be high, installing a geothermal heating system means saving money on your energy bills for the rest of your life.
Is This Your Forever Home?
Since geothermal energy is a major investment, we’d like to know if you plan on staying in this home for years to come. A home geothermal investment is a safe long-term investment, not a get-rich-quick scheme. Even if you don’t see this as your forever home and would still like to consider geothermal energy, we’ll work with you to ensure that your geothermal installation is as cost-efficient as possible.
If you consider geothermal energy a viable option for your home, call us today at 717-522-3073, or request an estimate!