Alternative Heating Sources For Your Home

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in

Environmental concerns and rising energy costs have many homeowners considering alternative heating sources. Pellet stoves, wood stoves, space heaters, and fireplaces are some of the options homeowners have when choosing an alternative heating source.

Before choosing which heating source is the best for you, you should winterize your home first to prevent any unwanted cold air from sneaking in.

  • ·       Hang curtains or blinds over windows. Heavy curtains, blinds or even blankets hung over the windows will add an extra barrier to the cold.
  • ·       Place rugs on wood or tile floors.
  • ·       Make sure your windows and doors are secured and locked.
  • ·       If you haven’t done so already take down the window screens and put in storm windows.
  • ·       Add extra insulation in your attic, you need a minimum of 12 inches of insulation in your attic in order to keep the cold air outside.

Once you finished winterizing your home it’s time to choose the alternative heating source that you will use.  

ü  Before using any heating device, make sure to install carbon monoxide detectors in different areas of the house.

Pellet Stoves

pellet-stovesPellet stoves are becoming very popular in the modern day. Pellets are created from recycled wood waste, they burn cleanly and it’s easy to fill up the stove. Pellet stoves are generally the easiest to operate among the wood-burning stoves available. All you need to do is load the pellets 1-2 times a day. Pellet stoves are smoke free and have no external heat while it’s operating so you can place it close to the wall as desired, without having to worry about a fire hazard. The biggest advantage of pellet stoves is the fuel cost. You can usually purchase 40 lbs of wood pellets for around $3 which provides heat for two or more days.

Wood Stoves

Woods stoves are another traditional and popular way to heat your home. Wood burning is environmentally the best way to heat a house because the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air is about the same absorbed by a tree during growth. Wood stoves are also more enjoyable to look at and give off the most heat. However, they have been linked to an increase in house and chimney fires so it’s important to take the proper precautions if you own a wood stove.

 Space Heaters

Space heaters are a reliable way to heat certain areas of a house that you use the most without wasting energy on the a-portable-heater-can-t-substitute-your-whole-home-heatin_16001605_800939980_1_0_14081028_500-300x300other parts of your home that aren’t being used. They’re convenient because they are portable and easy to use; all you need is an electrical outlet. They are usually compact and can fit in small spaces in your home.  Space heaters have also been known to cause house fires so if you’re planning on using one look for a model that will automatically turn off if it gets tipped over or begins to overheat. Also, it’s not safe to keep on if no one is home.

Fireplaces

madisonHaving a fireplace in your home is usually the coziest way to warm up. They are also “storm proof”. If the power goes out from a storm you are still able to use your fireplace as long as there is wood available.  Fireplaces are a great way to get rid of fallen branches or wood on your property. Although, we all love a good fire in the fireplace it should not be used as the main source of heat in your house seeing as you cannot keep a fire running all day if you’re not home to maintain it.

Now that you have chosen the right alternative heating source for your home it’s time to learn the safety precautions to take when using them. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn some important safety tips that could potentially prevent a fire.

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