Whether you are building a new home and want to install one of the most efficient home heating systems possible or you are simply ready to overhaul your current heating unit, the first place to start is by understanding the different types of heating systems available. The most efficient heater option for homeowners in Aurora, CO is to ensure your home is well-insulated, as tightly sealed as possible to prevent heat escape and to use the most efficient, inexpensive source of energy as possible. You are probably already aware of the importance of insulation and proper sealing, but do you know what the most energy efficient home heating choices are? Here are just a few options for you to choose from.

Solar Heating

When it comes to home energy efficiency in Aurora, CO, solar heating is the most efficient type of home heating systems, because it meets three main criteria-the financial cost (installation and operation), the environmental cost and the conversion efficiency. It is ranked as the cheapest in terms of installation plus the operation because there is isn’t specialized equipment required, you only need a home that is designed and built to take advantage of the suns ability to be converted into heat after passing through windows that are closed and sun-facing. Once the solar system in place, there will be zero operating costs, the energy is free, except during the times when there is a lack of sunlight and extremely cold temperatures may require you to supplement heat with another heating source. It’s also important to note that you can build the features of solar heating into your home, regardless of the type of heating system you have.

Geothermal Home Heating Systems

Next to Solar, geothermal is the most home energy efficient heating source, especially in terms of its environmental costs, because the energy that is used to heat your home actually comes from the ground. Geothermal systems use basically the same type of evaporation/compressor system that pulls the heat from your refrigerator. Geothermal heat does use some electricity, which may have been produced from burning coal or other types of fossil fuels, but it will still release far fewer greenhouse gases and other pollutants that what is released with electric heat, natural gas or oil. The installation cost may be slightly high, but this type of home heating system is a great way to save on both your heating and your cooling costs, so it is cost effective.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps that extract heat from the outside air are also energy efficient; however, the energy efficiency depends on the coldness of the climate. In a moderate climate, although it’s not as efficient as geothermal, this type of home heating system can be very efficient at converting a specific amount of energy source (electricity) into a given amount of heat.

If you aren’t in a position to completely change your heating unit to a more efficient heater, such as solar or geothermal, you can still improve the efficiency of your homes heating system and reduce energy costs by installing an updated energy efficient version of the furnace you now have. It is also beneficial to thoroughly inspect your home to check for ways to improve heating efficiency, such as installing more insulation, foam stripping around the windows and/or installing a programmable thermostat.

Homeowners who are interested in changing or improving their home heating systems in Aurora should contact Smith and Willis Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more information about the heating systems that will be the best suited for your needs.