Geothermal is becoming the system of choice in many parts of the United States as consumers learn more about its aesthetic advantages and long-term value, and as it becomes more widely available.
Geothermal is no longer just for the affluent, a reputation it once held because typical early buyers were owners of upscale homes. They wanted the quiet comfort Geothermal systems provide, and they were more than willing--and could afford--to pay the cost premium associated with early systems.
This is because the extraordinarily low operating costs of Geothermal systems more than make up for any higher installation costs within a few years. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Geothermal systems save homeowners 30-70 percent in heating costs, and 20-50 percent in cooling costs, compared to conventional systems.
Geothermal systems also save money in other ways. They are highly reliable, require little maintenance, and are built to last for decades. They add considerably to the value of homes.