Energy-Efficient Apartments: Comparing Heating Options

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When looking for a new apartment to move into, you are sure to be considering a variety of factors. The most common things to think about first when considering an apartment tend to be pricing, location and size. During your apartment search, you’ll also want to ask questions about utilities. How is my apartment heated? Is water included? How do I pay for electricity?

“How is the apartment heated?” is a great question to ask as you’re looking for a new apartment. The apartment’s heating method affects not only your comfort, but your utility bill as well. Some heating methods are more energy efficient than others, and choosing an energy-efficient apartment can help lower your impact on the environment and your wallet!

Below, we review some of the most common types of heating you’ll come across when looking for a new apartment.

Electric Heating

Electric heating is frequently seen in residences, often through heaters installed around your baseboards. In larger multi-room apartments, you might have multiple thermostats to control the different heaters (keep a count of them during your apartment tour!). Unfortunately, while reliable, electric heating tends to be significantly more expensive than other heating methods, such as gas, and take more energy to create the same amount of heat.

When you’re renting an apartment, you don’t have to worry about the cost of the furnace or installation of heating system – only the cost of using the installed system. While electric heating systems tend to be less expensive to install (a cost of your landlord), they are usually more expensive to use month-to-month (a cost to for you, the tenant).

So, what’s a less expensive option?

Space Heaters

Yes, some apartments require the use of space heaters due to poor heating systems, and these space heaters might even save you money when heating small rooms. At Stoneledge, we certainly wouldn’t want you to ever need them or use them. Space heaters, while effective for small spaces, pose serious risks of fire leading to injuries and property damages.

“Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for one-third (33%) of home heating fires and four out of five (81%) of home heating fire deaths.” (National Fire Protection Association)

We certainly don’t want you to face those risks just so you can stay warm during the winter. As landlords and property managers of your home, we are responsible for your safety as much as we are responsible for your comfort.

So which heating option do we provide our tenants at Stoneledge Terrace Apartments?

Natural Gas Heating

All of our luxury apartments are heated by natural gas, which costs significantly less for our tenants than electricity to heat, while being an effective way to heat the apartment quickly. At Stoneledge Terrace Apartments, all of our tenants have programmable thermostats, allowing tenants to set their preferred temperatures.

Programmable thermostats are terrific for apartment renters who are looking for ways to remain energy-efficient. People who leave their apartment during the day can set their apartments’ temperature to be lower, not wasting money and energy to heat an empty apartment. The heating system can also be programmed to raise the temperature while tenants are home and awake. Some tenants then choose to program their heaters to lower again while they sleep at night, warm under blankets.

Natural gas heating is a terrific heating method when paired with our energy-efficient windows that seal heat indoors and cold outdoors (while doing the opposite in the summer!). High-quality windows and doors that eliminate drafts help keep all tenants comfortable, whether they prefer their apartments to be warmer or cooler than their neighbors’.

Next time you’re looking for a new apartment, make sure to ask questions about how it is heated, and make sure to choose an apartment that will be energy-efficient while keeping everyone visiting or living in your home warm!