What is your home built on? Is it built on a cement slab? Or a crawl space? Or do you have a basement either unfinished or adding living space?
Depending on the type of foundation you have affects how much you pay in HVAC costs each month.
There isn’t a “best” case when it comes to selecting which home foundation you should have. However, it is important to understand the best way to handle your heating and cooling needs depending on the type of foundation you have.
In warm climates, insulating slab foundations is optional. That’s not the case here along the Front Range. If you have a house built on a slab foundation, insulation is extremely beneficial. As we move through different seasons, the ground temperature changes along with it. Both the cold and warm will impact your inside temperature. Proper insulation helps keep that temperature stable and provides proper heating and cooling from room to room. Your HVAC system will operate more effectively and provide a more comfortable home with proper insulation.
Crawl Space Foundations
If your home is built over a crawl space, do your feet feel cold in the heart of winter? That could be telling you your crawl space isn’t properly insulated. It might also be a problem with the way it was sealed from the elements. Without proper insulation, the crawl space is allowing cold air in the winter and hot air in the summer settle in. The air seeps into your home via the floorboards, and causes your HVAC system to kick into high gear. It has to work harder to provide you with your desired temperatures throughout the year.
With basements, you have a better chance of knowing if your foundation was properly sealed and insulated. When you go down into your basement, is it cold and damp? Is it hot and stuffy? This can be your first clue is it’s lacking proper ventilation or insulated incorrectly. If you properly seal your basement, it will make it easier to keep it warm and comfortable, which will impact the rest of your home right along with it. Keeping the humidity under control in the basement will also help your air conditioner run properly, which will also help keep your utility bills in check.
If you’re thinking about replacing your furnace or air conditioner, it’s also important to have a home audit performed. It can tell you where your problem areas lie and give you solutions on how to fix them. This can help you save money overall.