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Five Fears of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Eliminated for Myrtle Beach Homeowners

It matters not if you’re raising a new home or improving your present residence, the determination to install either a standard HVAC system or geothermal heating and cooling can be a hard one. It’s almost never the case that Myrtle Beach homeowners 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 more, and that can reduce energy bills by as much as 70 percent or more?

No, homeowners’ initial concerns about 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 Remains “Unproven.”
  4. Fear That Geothermal Heating and Cooling May Not Be the Best Alternative.
  5. Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service.

Let’s assess these fears one at a time.

Fear of High Up-Front Costs. This isn’t entirely unreasonable; geothermal’s up-front costs are high, particularly where the installation of ground loops is concerned. But given the life of a geothermal system – much longer than the life of typical heating and cooling systems, that’s for sure! – installing 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 find it necessary to fix or replace any component of a geothermal system. In addition, with a traditional system, you’re paying for electricity from the grid or for oil to burn, and those costs are shooting upwards continually. Geothermal energy is renewable energy that saves you money in the short term and increases 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 tells you is that, for each and every dollar you invest, you’ll save 10 percent a year for as long as you keep your system. The savings will start as soon as it’s online, too.

Fear That the Technology Remains “Unproven.” Beyond any doubt, modern geothermal technology has proven itself repeatedly in inumerable installations here in Myrtle Beach, across the nation, and around the world 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. Certainly, a smaller and smaller number of homeowners are nervous about opting for a geothermal system. They’re realizing that geothermal technology is far 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 Best Alternative. Financial considerations do indeed come into play here. You’ll need to compare renewable-energy technology with that using standard energy sources and appraise the total costs and ROI of each. If your home occupies enough land area to accommodate the ground loops, geothermal will no doubt emerge as the most appropriate alternative – for the reasons offered above.

Fear of Insufficient Dealer Support and Service. We can quash this fear right here and now. J & J Air is a highly regarded Myrtle Beach geothermal dealer, installer, and service provider. We’ll work hand in hand with you from the beginning, and we’ll be there to address your geothermal system’s every maintenance and service requirement 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 & J Air today!