Maybe you’re going to be looking / needing a new HVAC system this year, and you’re exploring Geothermal as an option. But, what questions should you be asking? How do you really know it’s the best fit for your home?
In this blog post we address 5 questions you should be asking, giving you some perspective. If you have more questions, our team would be happy to setup a time to talk more.
What areas of my home can actually be impacted by geothermal?
Often times, homes can be impacted by a geothermal system in multiple ways, and for multiple purposes (air conditioning, heating, and water heating just to name a few). So, be sure to understand what areas of your home can actually be impacted by geothermal.
How efficient will my geothermal unit really be?
Understanding efficiency is an imperfect task on the front end. Many times, realistic numbers won’t be identified until after the unit is installed (the numbers depend on uses, location, home type, etc.). In some studies, geothermal has proven to be 500% more efficient than other options. For more specific numbers for your home, be sure to connect with a professional.
Can I expect better air quality?
In most cases, you can expect better air quality from your geothermal system because it’s electric (no products of combustion happening to fuel the system). This question, however, is important because at the end of the day, you don’t want to sacrifice air quality for cost. Thus, it’s good to be sure that you can expect better air quality.
Will this add value to my home?
Depending on how long you’re looking to stay in your home, it’s important to understand the value of geothermal to your home. The two ways to do this include: 1) the immediate appraisal value increase, and 2) the value of running a geothermal unit over the years (the savings vs. the cost of a conventional system).
What kind of warranty do you provide?
This question is essential for homeowners to ask because of the reality that your geothermal unit pays for itself over a period of time (not right away). With this in mind, you want to make sure it’s covered until it begins paying for itself. Each unit is different so be sure to ask a professional what warranty you’ll be receiving, and how that relates to the financial savings of having the unit.
If you have any questions about geothermal technology, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re happy to help in any way we can.
-A R Engh Team