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    Cost is pretty important.

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyHeating View Post
    Im sorry but Geothermal is NOT a place to shop for a lowest quote, its for the best install. I know a few contractors in my area that are thousands less than me, so where do they save? First they don't use the correct fittings for the desuperheater plumbing, second, they use lower cost units that have half the warranty and half the track record and a lower efficiency than what I use. Next they design a loop that is way to small, this saves them on excavation costs and pipe/labor costs. A short loop is the worst case scenario because it will cost so much more to fix it than to just do it right in the first place. A short loop will not let the unit reach rated efficiency, it will cost more to operate, run in backup heat more and possible not cool the house.

    Choose installer first,
    brand second
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    I always use the racecar example for quality. You can hire a professional race car driver to run his race car around the track and he will be fast and safe, or you can hire some Joe off the street and even with the same car and same safety systems he would probably crash the race car and cost more money than if you just hired the right person in the first place.
    This sort of attitude bothers me. I'm not trying to run a race team. I am trying to save on energy costs. And the biggest downside to geothermal is the very high installation cost. This is compounded by the uncertainty of the outcome and my confidence is further diminished when I meet contractors who seem to want to price the installation based on how much money it will save me over ten years rather than how much it would cost to install with a reasonable mark-up.

    It reminds me of a time 5 years ago when building contractors would try to price their jobs based on the effect of the project on your home value rather than how much it costs.

    The savings just aren't big enough (considering the cost of installation) to justify this sort of headache unless you just want to be able to tell your friends you use a geothermal heat pump. I mean seriously, it takes at least 7-10 years to get back your money and that assumes zero time value of money. You get on a payment plan and you might not break even for 15+ years.

    You really need something closer to 3-5 year payback to really get people on the bandwagon. Maybe the technology isn't there yet, maybe the industry is price skimming because there simply isn't enough demand to aggressively chase business, probably both. I don't think this technology or industry is mature enough to really attract a broader audience.

  2. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by dorff View Post
    Experience definitely counts. I never tell a potential customer what size of unit we will be installing until they sign. I don't need people shopping around with my design. As far as humidity, look into Nortec. Filters are a bit tougher depending on your home, pets etc.
    Why would anyone sign with you? If a large part of the value you provide is just coming up with the size of the unit, then how much value are you really adding overall?

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    Quote Originally Posted by damuri View Post
    This sort of attitude bothers me. I'm not trying to run a race team. I am trying to save on energy costs. And the biggest downside to geothermal is the very high installation cost. This is compounded by the uncertainty of the outcome and my confidence is further diminished when I meet contractors who seem to want to price the installation based on how much money it will save me over ten years rather than how much it would cost to install with a reasonable mark-up.

    It reminds me of a time 5 years ago when building contractors would try to price their jobs based on the effect of the project on your home value rather than how much it costs.

    The savings just aren't big enough (considering the cost of installation) to justify this sort of headache unless you just want to be able to tell your friends you use a geothermal heat pump. I mean seriously, it takes at least 7-10 years to get back your money and that assumes zero time value of money. You get on a payment plan and you might not break even for 15+ years.

    You really need something closer to 3-5 year payback to really get people on the bandwagon. Maybe the technology isn't there yet, maybe the industry is price skimming because there simply isn't enough demand to aggressively chase business, probably both. I don't think this technology or industry is mature enough to really attract a broader audience.
    I think you need to revisit what your saying. Many homeowners look to geo to have a 3-5 year payback as you mentioned, a lot of times it can not be done, well then geo is not for you. I often see homeowners who are convinced geo is the way for them to go, and I always agree it should at least be considered, but it is NOT for all people, if you are price shopping you will likely get screwed and would be better off with a good air source or fossil fuel system.

    Second why are you looking at a 3-5 year payback for it to be attractive, how much are you getting on your investments year over year? a 3 year payback is a 24% rate of return! a 5 year paback is a 14.4% rate of return and a 10 year payback is a 7.2% rate of return. I would gladly take a guaranteed 7.2% rate of return that keeps me comfortable and has no noise and raises the value of my home over its full life that a hope that the stock market will return 8%. Secondly the money you save from geo is after tax, not before tax money so even at a 10 year payback that is a VERY good return.

    Im sorry but you do not sound like somebody that needs a geo system, you want cheap so good luck. If you get a working system I am glad to hear, but if you go with the cheapest installer who does not size properly and does not know how to put in a ground loop and puts in a short loop and you run on backup heat and your bills go up, don't come here complaining.
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    Might want to pay heed to what Sky is saying... Those of us who have read his posts for years see he truly knows what he is talking about.
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    I didn't read through the whole thread but I would consider the new Carrier or Bryant Greenspeeds or Extremes

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