Does the dirt your home is built on effect how warm or cold it stays?



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    Yes and no.  I recently read an article in The Atlantic discussing underground buildings and how they have around 85% reduced heating and air-conditioning costs as opposed to above ground structures of similar sizes.  So, having a basement and first floor will lower your costs to heat and cool a home, as opposed to a two story home that is completely above ground.  Now, the particular type of soil, be it more sandy or more clay may not matter as much as the climate you live in (eg New York vs Pheonix).  If you are interested in the different aspects of soil that affect thermal conductivity, (mostly in the realm of agriculture) here is an article for you.

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