Which Energy Is Best Suited To Heating Your Home?

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Every household is different, which means that your heating needs might be a bit different than your neighbor's. Fortunately, there are a large number of ways that you can go about heating your home and a wide variety of fuels that you can choose from. To help you get a better idea of which option is best for you, here are some benefits to consider of several fuels that can be used for residential heating:

Gas

When it comes to ease of access and cost efficiency, natural gas is often the leader. If you want to use a form of energy that will be extremely easy to use and cheap in the long run, then a natural gas furnace is a great choice. Unfortunately, not every home has easy access to natural gas, so you want to see what the situation is in your area before you decide for or against natural gas.

Electric

Electricity is even more common than natural gas, which means that you can almost always heat your home with electricity. The exact efficiency will depend greatly on the price of electricity in your area, but it's not uncommon for electricity to end up being cheaper than propane or heating oil in the long run.

Propane

Propane doesn't always offer better cost efficiency than gas or electricity, but it is entirely possible if you live in a very remote area. Even if electricity and gas are cheaper, propane can help protect you from outages, meaning that you won't be left without heat in the middle of a particularly cold winter.

Heating Oil

Heating oil is similar to propane in terms of cost efficiency, but propane is often a little better in that regard. You'll get more power out of a container of propane than you would get from a similar container of heating oil, which means that you will need to dedicate more of your home for fuel storage if you decide to go with oil. The big upside is that oil is a lot easier to store, since it can be kept in liquid form in normal containers, whereas propane requires highly specialized, pressurized containers.

Solar Heating

By setting up solar panels, you can generate a great deal of electricity without resorting to coal combustion or other environmentally unfriendly means. This results in a much smaller impact on the environment, so solar panels are a good choice if you place the good of the environment before your own finances. That being said, there are situations where solar panels can save you money in the long run. For example, if you live somewhere that gets a ton of sun and are sure that you can protect your solar panels from damage, their energy output can dramatically outpace the initial installation and upkeep costs.

Steam

Steam is a good choice if you are looking for an interesting alternative heating source, particularly if you are going for a very specific themed aesthetic in your home. Steam heating systems add a lot of heat to water, which is then distributed throughout your home to ensure an even temperature. This results in a system that doesn't have many moving parts, largely relying on the same type of infrastructure as your plumbing. This can make troubleshooting a steam heating system a little less complicated than troubleshooting other heating systems, but it can also make it fairly difficult to diagnose the exact location of a blockage or leak if something does go wrong.

For HVAC contractors, contact a company such as C & D Cooling & Heating Co. 

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16 March 2016

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