Looking to save money on your electric bill? Or, perhaps you’re even interested in saving the planet? Whatever your reasons for wanting to explore new ways of heating your home, you should be pleased to know that you do have some great choices that you might not have even thought about. Here is a guide of alternative heating options for every home:
Fireplaces. Not only do fireplaces add great ambience to any indoor space, but they also supplement the heat put out by a central heating system. As a matter of fact, if you choose to go the route of installing more than one fireplace in your home, you may be able to put your central heating system out of commission completely. Consider both wood burning and gas units, as each option has its own set of pros and cons, in order to determine which is best for your needs. If in doubt, consult with a professional installer.
Pellet stoves. These small, self-contained units are not only effective heaters but also extremely eco-friendly. Some even burn things like corn, nut shells, and/or wood chips in addition to pellets (small burning bricks made of switch grass and saw dust).
Space heaters. Some rooms are just colder than others, for any of a variety of reasons (they may have more windows, and/or be on the shaded side of the house, for example). If your circumstance is that you only need to supplement the heat in a localized area of your house, then a space heater might be your best alternative heating option. Space heaters come in a variety of styles and sizes and may run on electricity or gas, so you may have to shop around some to find your perfect match.
Geothermal heat. Traditional heating systems draw air from the outside and heat it to the temperature of your choosing. This means that if it’s 10 degrees outside, your heating system will have to heat that air by 60 degrees to bring it to the 70 degree temperature you desire. Geothermal heating systems draw from the earth’s natural heat (which may be a temperature somewhere between 50 and 75 degrees, depending on your location) to warm the air in your home, significantly saving on energy expenditure.
Solar panels. Solar panels are a considerable investment, but they are also arguably the most energy efficient method of heating your indoor space. Once you’ve installed a solar panel heating system, you can say bye-bye to your heating bill altogether. What better deal is there than that?
As you can see, you have many great options when it comes to heating off the grid. Draw from this list to find which method(s) may work best for your circumstances.
About the Author: Stan Drezwiecki loves to find ways to keep his home warm (or cool) on a budget. He checks his weatherstripping and seals annually and does his best to find eco-friendly heating alternatives.