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Is Switching to Geothermal the Right Call for Your Home?

Traditional HVAC systems like your standard air conditioner or boiler are tried and proper methods of heating and cooling that many homeowners feel comfortable installing. While nothing is wrong with using traditional methods, you can be overlooking more energy-efficient options if you are willing to invest more into your home with geothermal HVAC systems. We break down the pros and cons of switching over to a geothermal HVAC system so you can decide if this is a choice that best suits your home’s needs!

What Is A Geothermal HVAC Unit?

Geothermal HVAC systems are, in the simplest terms, heating and cooling your home with the help of the consistent temperatures of the ground underneath your home. The geothermal system will gather energy from the surrounding soil to regulate your home’s temperature using a series of underground pipes filled with water or a mix of water and anti-freeze solution.

Pros

Long-Lasting System

Geothermal HVAC systems are notoriously long-lasting, with lifespans up to twenty-five years. Traditional HVAC systems last about fifteen years. With low maintenance requirements due to the majority of the system being underground, safe from the elements, you have an HVAC unit that will last..

Energy-Efficiency

Geothermal HVAC systems are incredibly energy-efficient, leading to costs lower than traditional HVAC systems in terms of energy usage, as you are using a more renewable source of heating and cooling. Unlike conventional furnaces or air conditioners, geothermal units do not have a significant exhaust, significantly reducing your carbon footprint.

Safe Heating And Cooling

While proper maintenance can help keep your home safe from any HVAC malfunctions, sometimes there are still cases of furnaces leaking carbon monoxide. While a carbon monoxide alarm can save you and your family, the danger of an old furnace leaking is stressful.

You do not have to worry about any carbon monoxide leaks with geothermal units, as no active combustion is required to operate the system.

Cons

Having The Proper Space

One of the most significant drawbacks for many homeowners looking to install a geothermal unit is having the proper space to install underground pipes. The issue falls to having the area and having space without any obstructions such as sewage pipes or even layers of rock that will make construction difficult.

Each area of land is different, so you will not know if your home can install a geothermal unit until a qualified professional inspects the area surrounding your home.

Installation Costs

The second biggest drawback for installing geothermal units for many homeowners is the initial cost of installation. Geothermal units themselves are pretty expensive, reaching upwards of thirty thousand dollars for some systems, but that is only the cost of the HVAC unit.

Installation of the actual unit can vary in price due to construction costs, time, and finding the space for a geothermal system. If construction hits a snag, you can be looking at higher prices and longer construction time.

Emergency Repair Costs

While geothermal units may not require as intensive care as traditional HVAC systems, that does not mean you do not need maintenance. While regular maintenance costs are expected, damage to underground pipes or other components that require digging may be very costly. An old tree decides to expand its roots into your geothermal unit pipe, and now you’re looking at a hefty bill.

Making The Choice

Geothermal HVAC systems are great investments for your home if you can afford them. Any drawbacks they may have are outweighed by the benefits.. However, nothing is wrong with staying within your budget and choosing more affordable solutions. If you need help deciding a cost-effective solution for your budget, call (616) 319-2121.Haisma Heating & Cooling’s experts can work with you to find the HVAC system that not only fits your budget but will get the most bang for your buck.