Much of Michigan shares the same climate. We get hot and humid summers, and then we experience the cold, dry winters. To help survive the chilly months, Michiganders will employ many methods to heat their homes. Those methods are comparable to our neighboring states, but the costs will vary.
Heating your home depends on a few different factors, including the amount of space that needs to be heated, and the type of fuel that is used to heat your house. By learning a couple things about heating homes in Michigan, you can plan and improve your energy efficiency for the years to come.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Michigan households used 123 million Btu of energy in 2019, which was 38 percent more than the national average. Michiganders also spend 6 percent more for energy than the national average, which is due in part to high consumption paired with low costs for heating.
Using electricity for heating is lower in Michigan than other parts of the U.S. because there is less reliance for electricity for heating in the winter, and because our summers are cooler. Nearly 75 percent of homes in Michigan rely on natural gas for heating, compared to the national average of 50 percent. Meanwhile, roughly a quarter of American homes use electricity for heat, whereas only 6 percent of Michiganders use electricity for heating.
Since the weather in Michigan and the rest of the Midwest is cooler than other areas in America, space heating makes up a greater portion of energy use in homes (55 percent) compared to the U.S. average (41 percent), and air conditioning makes up only 1% of energy use in Michigan.
Other factors that contribute to how Michigan uses heat include the average square footage of a home and when that home was built. Nationally, 40 percent of American homes were constructed before 1970, whereas nearly 60 percent of homes in Michigan were constructed before 1970. Even though the average square footage of a Michigan home (1,954 square feet) is close to the national average (1,971 square feet), other homes in the Midwest are roughly 300 square feet larger.
Try to compare your home to the average home in Michigan, and to the average home in America. You might be surprised at how your energy usage is different to those of your neighbors, but you can use that information to make a change and increase the energy efficiency of your home. For more information on your home’s heating and cooling needs, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.