How Much Does Dandelion Geothermal Cost?
It’s easy to feel frustrated when researching how much geothermal heating and cooling systems cost. Many HVAC companies avoid addressing pricing on their website and instead focus on how much money homeowners can save. Don’t get us wrong – saving money is important! But exactly how much money you’re spending is important too.
Here at Dandelion Geothermal, we’re transparent about our base system pricing, flexible financing, and the factors that can affect your final cost.
A free in-person consultation and site survey is the best way to get an accurate estimate for your unique home, but the following information will get you started.
What’s included with a Dandelion Geothermal system?
- Dandelion Geothermal heat pump for heating and cooling
- Pre-heated water tank for supplemental warm water
- 10 year product warranty
- Indoor and outdoor installation, including drilling, labor, and materials
- Removal of existing furnace, air handlers, and/or condensers
- Nest thermostat
- 24/7 remote monitoring capabilities
What does Dandelion Geothermal cost?
Dandelion Geothermal starts at just about $18,000 – $25,000 for a 3 – 5 ton heat pump system which includes all installation costs after state and federal incentives are applied.
Zero down financing options are also available, starting at $150/month. About half of our customers opt to finance the system and start saving right away.
The price can increase based on additional complexity like ductwork modifications, electrical upgrades, zoning, bedrock removal, or if multiple heat pumps are needed. Curious what other factors can impact the final cost? We put together the most comprehensive geothermal pricing guide on the internet.
How Does Dandelion’s Cost Compare With Other Geothermal Installers?
Through scale (more installations than anyone else), vertical integration (no middlemen), and innovative technology (Sonic Drill Suite), Dandelion offers high-qualify geothermal installations at a lower price than ever seen before.
How much can you save with Dandelion Geothermal?
The average New York homeowner saves $2,250 on heating and cooling every year after getting Dandelion Geothermal.
Below is an example of a typical 3,400 square foot home in the Hudson Valley with fuel oil and central air versus Dandelion geothermal heating and cooling.
Oil Furnace Versus Geothermal Annual Operating Costs
Central AC Versus Geothermal Annual Operating Costs
Oil Furnace and Central AC Versus Dandelion Geothermal Operating Costs
How Is Dandelion Geothermal Different From Other Installers?
- Qualified: Over 100 combined years of geothermal experience
- Experienced: #1 New York residential geothermal installer by volume in 2018 and 2019. Most contractors install a handful of geothermal systems each year. We install hundreds.
- Innovative: Incubated at Google’s X Lab
- Own the process: We sell, install, and service our own product. That means no middlemen inflating the cost.
- Total Integration: Our energy consultants work directly with our site survey and design teams to integrate load calculations, ground loop layouts, and other parts of the design process.
- Peace of Mind: 24/7 monitoring so we can catch any problems before you do
- Convenience: Control your home’s temperature on the go with your free Nest Thermostat
- Always Improving: Automatic software updates so your system will get even smarter over time
- Proprietary Technology: Our Sonic Drill Suite is lighter, cleaner, and can install 60 feet of casing 14x faster than a conventional well drill (that’s 30 minutes versus 7 hours!).
What Geothermal Incentives Are Available?
Check out the most up-to-date information on state, federal, and utility incentives for geothermal systems.
What Are Some Factors That Can Impact The Cost Of A Dandelion Geothermal System?
Heat Pump Size & Number Of Heat Pumps Needed
A geothermal heat pump must be properly sized to meet a home’s exact heating and cooling needs. Reputable contractors perform what’s known as a Manual J, the industry standard for calculating a home’s heat gain and loss — the amount of heat lost through the home’s exterior in the cooler months, and the amount of heat gained in the warmer months. Numerous variables affect a home’s heating and cooling needs, including home size, insulation, the number of windows, geography, duct leakage, and even orientation to the sun.
Most residential heat pumps range in size from 1 (12,000 BTU/HR) to 5 tons (60,000 BTU/HR). Homes with larger heating and cooling loads require larger heat pumps — and sometimes even more than one. The larger the heat pump (or the most heat pumps needed), the greater the cost.
Packaged Heat Pump System Versus Split System
A geothermal heat pump contains 3 primary components: a heat exchanger that interacts with the outdoor ground loop, a compressor, and a heat exchanger that interacts with the indoor ductwork or hydronic distribution system.
When these components are contained in a single box, it’s called a “packaged” unit. If you split the pieces into separate boxes and install them in different places in the house, it’s called a “split” system. Homes with ductwork located in the attic or with low-ceiling basements generally require a split system.
Split systems are more complex to install than packaged units. A packaged unit has all the pieces that need refrigerant in one place, so it’s easy to “charge” the system with refrigerant at the factory where it’s manufactured. Split systems, however, must have these pieces connected on-site with copper tubing where they’re brazed together and finally, charged with refrigerant.
Because of a split system’s additional equipment, complexity, and labor, they’re typically more expensive than packaged systems. They have the added benefit, however, of more flexibility with respect to where the heat pump and air handler are located in your home.
Ductwork Zone Control
A single zone home has “all or nothing” heating and cooling, meaning the warm or cool air will distribute throughout the entire home while the system is running. Homes with multiple zones are divided into areas that each have their own individual temperature control. Installing zoning requires the installation of dampers, a zone control board, and additional thermostats to control where the heated/cooled air from the home is being sent. Duct zoning provides more granular temperature control in sections of the home (e.g. you can have a separate zone in the basement and on the main level), but the additional components add to the cost.
In some cases, a home’s existing ductwork is in poor condition or needs other modifications.
If a home does not currently have any ductwork, adding it can cost between $5,000 to $20,000 or more depending on the home size, ductwork complexity, and other factors. Here at Dandelion, we can install the ductwork ourselves using a subcontractor or work closely with a homeowner’s preferred contractor.
Installing a geothermal heat pump is often part of ‘electrifying’ a home. That is, transitioning away from using fossil fuels on site to using electricity for all of the home’s needs. Electrifying a home increases the total amount of electrical power that is pulled, and this can sometimes strain the main line or panel that handles the home’s power.
In these cases, the line and/or panel must be increased in size. This increase is sometimes minor and relatively common, so the cost will be lower. Some homes require a significant increase, however, which comes at a cost-premium.
If a property is exceptionally rocky or the bedrock is relatively high, some rocks may need to be drilled around, drilled through, or removed entirely. In the instances where the bedrock cannot be drilled through or removed, you may need to drill more than one borehole to meet a home’s heating and cooling needs. This rocky geology can impact pricing when drilling or trenching between the geothermal ground loop and interior heat pump is especially complex.
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