I asked Rob Feuer of Smart Energy Inc., a New Rochelle-based company that installs geothermal systems, to look over our house and give me an estimate.
I was kind of worried about what this would do to our yard, and he
admitted that, with all the digging, it would temporarily be trashed.But what we would end up with is a system that would endlessly provide all of our heat, air conditioning, and hot water."This is the hybrid for your home," Feuer
says.That's a very appealing idea, despite my concerns about the eventual disposal of the liquid refrigerant in the tubes. (He says the industry is working on that.)
Our house has no interior duct work, as our oil-powered heat is delivered through radiators, so we would need major duct-work to put in a geo-thermal system.Feuer
estimates the total cost for us would be between $64,000 and $72,000.We could recoup our investment in under 10 years, however, especially if oil and gas prices keep spiking.But Feuer
admits geothermal is not really practical for us.