I didn't say 16 seer, I siad 18 seer. If I siad as efficient, I misspoke, nearly as efficient with much less up front cost. The efficiency difference would not be substantial enough for the geothermal to pay for itself. I am also talking in central Illinois where heatpumps in general aren't fantastic because they spend so much time on back up because our seasons are so far out of whack from each other. 900 cooling hours, 2000 heating hours. If you size fr the heat, you get a very clammy, humid home in the summer. Therefore you use plenty of backup heat.I also install geothermal, and people do like them. I like them. I just wouldn't personaly own one in my area. If I were further South, sure.
Originally posted by daytonafan
Just felt the need to add my 2 cents. I work for a small company in Indiana. We install open loop Geo systems on a regular basis. Yes, they are expensive up front but I do believe they can be worth the hassle. Just like anything else, the technology is constantly being improved upon. We have not had even 1 unsatisfied customer in 10 years. Everyone we install them for raves about them when I go to do annual services. One customer has a 4800 square foot 2 story home on a basement that is about 10 years old. We installed a open loop Geo w/ variable speed motor, 3 stage heat/2 stage cooling programmable t-stat. His monthly electric bill is, on average, $110.00. I think its just a matter of personal preference. I think there are contractors who don't have the technical ability to work and them and therefore bad mouth them. I also think that a lot of guys who think they can just throw them in wind up screwing things up for the customer. As far as any 16 SEER heat pump being as efficient as any GEO, I would certainly debate that but people's minds are already made up.