If you're interested in a geothermal unit for your business, commercial services will be necessary to help install and maintain it. But is a geothermal system worth the cost and effort of installation? It depends on several factors, so we'll look at the plusses and minuses of having a geothermal system for your commercial property.
Advantages of a Commercial Geothermal System
The single biggest advantage of having a geothermal system is efficiency. This will lead to lower heating and cooling costs for the business. Geothermal HVAC systems are easily twice as efficient as traditional HVAC units. This should result in the monthly heating or cooling bills cut in half, if not more.
Another major advantage is that running a geothermal system is environmentally friendly, especially in the winter. There is no heating oil, natural gas or propane to burn to provide the heat necessary.
Geothermal systems are also quiet when cooling. Unlike an air conditioner, there is no noisy outdoor condenser, just a quiet air handler. And finally, geothermal systems require very little maintenance.
Disadvantages of a Commercial Geothermal System
The primary reason people avoid geothermal HVAC systems is the cost. It is much more expensive to install a geothermal system than to simply get a new conventional HVAC system. It can easily cost ten times more to install a geothermal unit than a conventional unit.
Another disadvantage is that installation of geothermal systems requires unique ground characteristics. For example, installing a horizontal geothermal system requires a large amount of land area, which not all businesses will have.
Lastly, depending on the geothermal system used, chemicals may be part of the setup. If those chemicals were to leak out of the piping, they could pollute the earth and ground water sources.
Geothermal systems are not for everyone. With the high cost of installation, not all business owners will be able to afford it. Then there's the issue of whether the commercial property can take full advantage of the geothermal system. But the benefits of such an efficient heating and cooling system are enormous.
To see if a commercial geothermal system makes sense for you, speak with an experienced HVAC professional at Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning and learn more about geothermal commercial services offered.