There’s no way around it, when you live in Colorado, home heating costs can eat up a sizable portion of your household budget. A recent publication from the Colorado State University Extension Department shows on average more than half (54%) of a home’s energy costs goes to home heating. It is the single largest expense for most of our state’s homeowners.
Climate Control Company can’t wave a magic wand, but we want to be sure you have all the information you need to cut those costs as much as possible. The best way to save money heating your home is to start at the beginning. If you are thinking about buying or building a house, an energy-saving home is almost always a good investment. Instead of spending money on extra-fancy furnishings and landscaping, use those bucks to cut your home heating costs. According to that same CSU publication, a home with average protection against cold weather will use three times as much energy for heating compared to a well-insulated home with very little air leakage.
Let us be very clear when it comes to winter energy saving tips, an efficient new system from Climate Control will almost always save you money, but you won’t get the full benefit of that efficiency if you don’t address a leaky house. But once you’ve done that, we can help you cut your home heating costs even more. Again, based on the research published by Colorado State, if your current furnace has an efficiency rating of 55% and you install a new one that’s 95% efficient, you will save more than $47 for every $100 in energy costs. Clearly that is a significant savings.
The type of heating system also plays a role in saving money heating your home. Radiant heat, either in the floor or with radiators in each room, is generally more efficient than forced air heat because there is no ductwork. Just like furnaces, boilers for radiant heat have become much more efficient. Electric heat pumps are almost certainly the most energy efficient form of electric heat if natural gas is not available, but they may not perform well during the coldest weather on the Western Slope. Make sure you talk to the experts at Climate Control to see if a heat pump is the right choice for you.
You can also cut your monthly heating bills considerably with ground source heat pumps (geothermal) or solar energy. They do require a much larger upfront investment but you will earn your money back over time and feel good about decreasing your carbon footprint.
When it comes to furnace repair and maintenance in Aspen, Vail, or anywhere on the Western Slope, depend on Climate Control Company. Like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information. We are comfort driven, Colorado style since 1956.