Once again, cold chilly nights are being felt by people and it is the most ideal time to take a look at the home’s energy expenses. In Lake Tahoe, residents are fortunate because they do not need air conditioning except for some places that see the sun more often. However, while they save on cooling costs, energy bills add up very quickly during winter time.
There are 3 major types of heating systems used by properties – forced air gas, hydronic or in-floor radiant and electric baseboard heat. Some homes use a wooden stove or fireplace as their heat source but in the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, passive solar is the most affordable source of heat for winter. Lake Tahoe enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year and passive heat supplements the built-in heating system.
Buyers who are looking at home in the Lake Tahoe area must take into account the heating system that the property is using. It is important to determine whether the heating system is hydronic or forced air gas. Home buyers who are allergic to dust and pollen are better off with the hydronic heating system that does not blow dust of pollen in the environment.
The hydronic boiler has a closed system of pipes that are either in-floor radiant or installed in the baseboards of the walls. The system is relatively quiet and efficient although it takes a while longer to warm the same space compared to the forced air gas system.
New homes and remodeled projects have opted for the two or three zones during the replacement of the original furnace. Generally, only one place is used for heating a home or condo but breakthroughs in furnace design have resulted into more efficient heating system designs that are more energy efficient and do not generate over expensive heat.
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