If there’s one thing more dramatic than Northern Colorado’s mountains, it’s the temperature swings. Whether it’s the blazing hot summer or icy arctic air of winter, when the weather gets crazy it can have a big impact on your home and wallet. Energy efficient homes keep the heat in during the winter and keep the heat out throughout the summer.
Homebuilders understand the value of offering customers energy efficient homes. Most new homes use at least 20% less energy. Energy efficiency can save families thousands in energy costs, plus they’re more comfortable. Because of these benefits many energy efficient options come standard in new construction.
Efficiency begins with insulation. Air leakage accounts for nearly 30% of a home’s heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Many builders now focus on providing better insulation to boost efficiency and reduce the use of heating and cooling systems.
“Insulation is a simple, cost-effective way to make your home comfortable and efficient,” Brandon Myers, Co-Owner of Westmark Homes. “Insulation keeps your home the desired temperature year round and reduces noise pollution. With a well- insulated house you will need very little heating and cooling help.”
Nearly 50% of a home’s energy is used for heating and cooling; the rest goes to lights, electronics, appliances and hot water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This statistic shows the importance of an efficient Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning system.
HVAC is the general term for your home’s system. Major strides have been made in improving the efficiency of HVAC systems. New furnaces handle more efficient air filters and improve air quality. Efficient furnaces and boilers can convert up to 98% of energy to heat, while older models were only 56-70%.
“An efficient HVAC unit is an investment upfront that brings big returns,” Myers said. “In Colorado’s extreme climate it’s important to have a unit that’s dependable. Efficient HVAC units provide optimal comfort and lower energy bills.”
Thanks to technology and building materials, new construction homes provide a safe and efficient space for Colorado families.