Trying to decide if geothermal is a way to go for us
Hi there - we are about to embark on a new build. Our home is in the Chicago suburbs, on a 1/2 acre lot. There is a lot I like about the geothermal route but my husband has reservations.
First, one selling point is the fact you do not need an external compressor. But my husband believes you still do in our area - thoughts??
Second, my family had a heat pump in Michigan, and it was great, but on the really cold days, we needed supplemental heat. Now, that was a 100 year old farm house, with minimal if any insulation. The house we're building will be about 4000 sq. feet, with closed cell spray foam insulation. Do you think we would need supplemental heat?
Any other "cons" I'm not thinking of (I know up front cost is much higher)
Also, we have lots of allergies in our house - would a geothermal unit vs. another kind make any impact on that?
I'll look forward to your sage advice!