Saving energy is at the forefront of many homeowner's minds.
Why does this matter?
Regardless of the reason for wanting to cut back on electricity consumption, all homeowners still want to maintain a cozy home.
There are a lot of home heating options that exist; if you are interested in finding the best one for your home, then a good place to start is by familiarizing yourself with the existing heating systems and methods.
Home Heating Methods
There are two forms of home heating:
Central heat systems work by generating heat through the use of electricity or gases at a central unit and distributing that heat throughout the home. The most common forms of central heat are:
Direct heating systems work as their name implies; heat is created at a source and is dispersed throughout the location of the source only through direct contact. Most forms of direct heat are limited to heating single rooms, although full home heating methods do exist. The most common direct heating methods are:
Gas Space Heaters
Electric Space Heaters
Most Efficient Heating Options
While many heating options do exist, few of them are considered energy efficient. Using an energy creator that is not efficient usually results in a higher bill every month. What heating options are considered to be efficient?
There are currently 7 different ways to generate heat. These seven ways are ranked in order from most efficient to least efficient and are based on the total cost to install and operate:
Solar Heating Systems
Solar heating is the most efficient means of warming your home. This is mostly because solar heated homes do not require any equipment and have no cost once the design is in place. The only requirement for a home that is using solar heat is that it is designed properly enough in order to hold the heat that it creates. This requires professional insulation and sealing.
Geothermal Heating Systems
Geothermal heat is an environmentally friendly heating source that takes advantage of the heat that is naturally produced by the Earth. While geothermal heating systems are extremely efficient, the initial installation cost is high.
Using wood to heat your home is an efficient energy source, depending on the quality of your heating stove or fireplace. The price of wood is another positive quality. If you cut your own wood, it's free! Wood is also carbon neutral, so it doesn't negatively impact the environment.
Non-geothermal Heat Pumps
The efficiency of a non-geothermal heat pump depends entirely on the climate of your home. These pumps work by extracting heat from the air. In other words, if the climate outside is cold, these pumps will not do a good job on keeping your home cozy. Non-geothermal heat pumps are usually limited to southern states because of this.
Natural Gas Heaters
Natural gas is a cheap option if your home is already built for it; it is by far and away the cheapest of the most common heating methods. The prices for natural gas can fluctuate depending on other factors though, making it hard to predict what you will have to pay monthly.
Oil is one of the most common means of heating homes, but it is not very efficient. Natural gas provides nearly twice as much heating power as oil does and oil tends to be more expensive. If you are looking for efficiency, oil is not your answer.
Electric rates are high, which makes electricity the most expensive form of heating. The only time that using an electric heater as your central power source is efficient is when you have a fully renewable energy source powering your home. If your home is powered in a conventional way, choosing another heating option is your best bet.
Choosing What Is Best For You
Each heating option has its own benefits and downfalls. As the winter approaches, you are faced with the question of replacing your current heater or waiting it out. Regardless of which way you are leaning, Deluxe Plumbing wants to help you. Our trained experts can help you choose the most efficient option for your home and help you with maintenance and installation.
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