Residential Heating for a New Home

Many homeowners buy or build their new homes during the warm summer months. With the busyness of home buying they often neglect to research home heating options. However, it is important to think about your home heating options in advance. If you are building your home you will have more flexibility in choosing a heating option. However, homebuyers can have the heating system of their choice put in before they move in all of their belongings. When choosing a home heating system it is important to consider price, frequency of use and environmental factors.

Oil Furnaces

Homeowners choose oil furnaces because they are one of the cheapest and longest lasting systems. An oil furnace heats your home through a central heating system which is part of many older homes. Although an oil furnace system may last the longest, it is one of the least environmentally friendly choices. Oil is a diminishing natural resource. Additionally, the price of oil is unpredictable and changes often. Therefore, your energy bill will also be unpredictable.

Gas Stove

If you want the dependability and longevity of an oil furnace but want to be more environmentally friendly, a gas stove is an excellent choice for a heating system. Natural gas, which is the most environmentally friendly gas option, is also expensive. Therefore it is recommended that you use gas heating in conjunction with another method, such as oil.

Wood Stove

Many homes in rural areas are equipped with a wood stove.  Homeowners choose woodstove heating to add to the “character” of the house. However, using a wood stove can have multiple drawbacks including:

  • Wood costs. Unless you have access to cheap wood or you cut it yourself, wood can be very expensive.
  • Inability to heat large homes. Wood stoves are often unable to provide the heat necessary to heat large homes. Many homeowners use woodstoves in addition to another heat source, most often oil furnaces.
  • Increased insurance costs. Your home owner insurance will require an extra premium if you have a working wood stove in your home.
  • Not environmentally friendly. Burning wood is killing trees and the smoke released from the stove can damage the environment.

Solar Heating

If you are looking to “go green” or save big on expenses in the long run, solar heating is the perfect choice. Solar heating systems use energy from the sun to help heat your home. However, if you live in a place that is darker during the winter and requires a lot of heat, it will be best to use solar as a supplementary heating source. This is because the solar panels will not be collecting enough light to heat large homes in very cold places. Additionally, severe snow storms may require maintenance on the system.

It’s important to note, however, that solar heating is the most energy efficient on the market – and also the most environmentally friendly.  Although it is a larger up front cost, it will save money when used for a long period of time. If you decide solar heating is the best fit for your home, you will need a company who specializes in solar heating, such as Energy Efficiency Pros, to install the system.

Building or buying a home is an important process and choosing the heating system that works best for you is also important. When choosing your heating system, consider costs, environmental impact and how often you will use the system to guide your decision.