Heating your house during extreme cold

Heating your house can be expensive during the extreme temperatures. Here is the first step to avoiding high energy bills and cold, uncomfortable spaces in your new house.

During the construction of every house K Homes takes many steps to insure that the money our customers spend on heating their homes is not wasted because of poor construction principles. As a first step to insuring this, K Homes installs all heating equipment and its supporting ductwork inside of the conditioned space. Why is this important?

One important thing to ask when buying a new house is whether or not the system of channels (ducts) connecting the furnace (heating element) to the living spaces of the house (rooms) is installed within the limits of the conditioned space. As warm air travels from the furnace to the rooms of your house, it goes through the channels, called the ducts. In many homes built today the connecting ducts carrying the heated air to the 2nd floor of the house are running through the attics before getting back inside the house. Because these channels (ducts) are not 100% leak proof, only part of this heated air reaches its destination. The rest of it gets wasted in the attic. As a result, the 2nd floor of the house with this HVAC system will most likely be much cooler than the rest of the house and your utility bill will be high. During frosty conditions the houses built with this kind of HVAC system can be spotted by looking at their roofs. Hot air leaking out into the attic will melt off some of the frost and show on the roof, usually right above the leaky ductwork. So, the whole roof would frost-covered with one or two areas where there is no frost.

How many new home buyers actually ask about the efficiency of this system of ducts connecting the furnace (located in the basement) to the living spaces of the house on the 2nd floor? The answer might surprise you. Before buying a new house we recommend paying attention to this because it becomes a real issue in the future.