For many years, people were limited in the type of heating source for their home. Before electricity, it was wood and coal-burning furnaces. Modern times use either electric or gas forced-air furnaces that heat air and circulate it throughout the home.
There are downsides to these methods including the cost of electricity and gas, plus they’re not the greatest for the environment. Thankfully, today's homeowners have alternative heating solutions to help heat their homes more efficiently and with less impact on the environment.
We’ll look at five of the most popular alternative heat sources and why they would be good for your home.
One of the most popular alternative methods is geothermal heating. Once you get below the permafrost n the ground, the temperature doesn’t change much no matter how hot or cold. Depending on location, the temperature under the ground can be 45-75 degrees.
Pipes are placed below the ground and the air from the surface is circulated through them. If it’s cold, then the pipes increase the temperature. If it’s hot, the pipes cool the temperature. When it circulates back to your home, it’s temperate.
While geothermal is more expensive than forced air furnaces, it is also more efficient. You’ll end up saving money in the long run. Interested in geothermal heat pumps? Learn more.
Passive solar heating uses skylights and windows to let natural sunlight into the home and heats a substance that absorbs heat well such as ceramic tiles. Active solar heating uses a solar collector to heat a liquid or air and send it into the home to heat.
Solar heating systems are traditionally used in tandem with other heating sources. It allows the other source to do less work.
Have you ever walked across a hard floor and got a chill? Radiant underfloor heating uses electric or a boiler to reduce the amount of heat loss as it passes through your heating ducts.
The biggest drawback to this is it requires you to remove the flooring in order to install the ductwork. It’s ideal for new home construction.
Pellet stoves and wood stoves provide a more environmentally friendly method of heating your home. Wood burning stoves require you to procure wood for the cold months. Pellet stoves use waste products and other natural materials, which are more environmentally friendly than other methods.
You can keep the pellets stored in a basement or garage and it’s estimated you would spend about $600 a year in pellets for a 1,500 square foot home.
If you’ve ever had a brick oven pizza, then you already have an idea of how masonry heating works. You have a stove or fireplace that is surrounded by a heating absorbing material such as brick or ceramic. It uses wood as fuel and the fire heats the masonry.
Once the masonry heats up, it distributes the heat over time.
Which Is Best for You?
These are some of the most popular and unique alternative heating solutions for your home. They can heat your home more efficiently than tradition forced air heat.
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