We’re all familiar with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but this Monday, CBS This Morning (my favorite morning TV habit) featured the audio of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “American Dream” speech given on Feb. 5, 1964, at Drew University, interleaving the recording of his words with two of his children and one grandchild reading his words. It was very inspiring.
Here in Colorado, as in much of the country, the typical home heating system is gas forced air. A gas flame heats up a plenum across which a fan blows air through ductwork into the various rooms of a house. For cooling, the same ductwork and fan are used, but instead of the flame heating that plenum, the air passes over a set of coils beyond the plenum with super-chilled fluid created by an outdoor compressor.
Gas forced air, however, is relatively inefficient and is only common in the United States because of our exceptionally low cost of natural gas and other fossil fuels.
Elsewhere in the world, heating is done using heat pumps. What is a heat pump? Your central air unit is a heat pump, but it operates in only one direction—extracting heat from indoor air and dissipating it outdoors. A heat pump heating system simply reverses that process, creating heat by extracting heat from outdoor air and dissipating it in your home, either through your existing ductwork or through wall-mounted “mini-split” units. Unlike gas, a heat pump moves heat instead of creating it.
Rita and I replaced our gas furnace in 2012 with a hybrid system by Carrier. It heats our home using the heat pump unless the outdoor temperature falls below freezing, at which point a gas burner kicks in. With our solar panels providing the electricity for the heat pump, our highest mid-winter Xcel bill is under $50. Meanwhile, at Golden Real Estate’s office, as described in my Jan. 4, 2018, newspaper column, we got rid of our furnace and ductwork and installed a ductless mini-split system (like in the above diagram), also powered by solar panels. As a result, our Xcel bill is under $11/month year-round.
On January 1st, our listing at 623 14th Street goes off the market for a couple months. This 1867 home, built before Colorado was a state, and the lot behind it in downtown Golden represent a terrific opportunity. There are two parcels to this listing, a rectangular lot with the historic home, currently zoned commercial, and a vacant triangular lot behind it. That lot has a wind turbine and an electric vehicle charging station on it. View the narrated video tour and drone footage and read the history of this home at www.HistoricGoldenHome.com, then call 303-525-1851 for a private showing.
Buyers and sellers appreciate the free moving boxes which we provide with our free moving trucks. We have a shed behind our office which is used solely to store lightly used moving boxes.
But that shed is getting empty again. If you have used moving boxes that you’re willing to part with, we will pick them up. In return, we promise to give you free boxes when the need arises! Call 303-525-1851 to arrange pickup (or bring them to us). Thanks!
As we go to press this week, the total of donations to Mark Stenberg’s GoFundMe campaign has topped $700. Thank you all for your generosity.
This Tuesday, Mark went into surgery to remove the steel bar that kept his broken leg in traction. We’re told he can’t put any weight on that leg for three months, plus additional time in rehab, so his financial need is great. You can see pictures of Mark and his injury on the GoFundMe page. A short web address is www.gf.me/u/qvfut5. Thanks for donating!
Mark Stenberg is more than just our valued handyman. He has been my friend since I first hired him in 1991. Last week, while serving a past client, Mark fell 12 feet from a roof onto a concrete driveway, severely breaking his right leg in two places. It will be many weeks or months before he can resume earning a living. He has no family and no savings.
We can’t relieve Mark’s pain, but our agents and several clients have already donated to help ease the financial burden which Mark is facing. Now I’ve set up a GoFundMe page so that others can contribute to his recovery. The web address for the GoFundMe page is http://www.gf.me/u/qvfut5