With the colder weather approaching, people are starting to think of the cost of heating again. With the cost of fuel on the rise in today’s world, people are looking more and more toward alternative heating methods.
Living in the North, and having a changing climate where it gets cold, we have to think of ways to heat our homes, but with the increasing cost of fuel, what is the best way?
Older homes in Berks County you see a lot of oil furnaces, with either hot water radiators or forced air vents. Back in the day when these homes were built, oil was a cheap source of heating a home. However over the last several years the cost of oil has climbed higher and higher each year. Fossil fuel prices, though, are rising at an alarmingly rapid rate. Because of this, many homeowners are looking for less expensive alternative to heat their home. Alternative heating methods are gaining in popularity for many consumers.
With oil prices now at $3.57 a gallon, homeowners might benefit by switching their heating system to either gas or electric. The first cost of purchasing a new unit could easily be off set over the next couple of years in the savings to heat your home compared to oil. Depending on the area you live in and if natural gas is available could play a factor in the type of heating system a person considers.
Choosing alternative heating methods can be tricky and there are many things that need to be taken into consideration.
Other forms of alternative heating methods people consider are wood-stoves and pellet stoves.
One thing to consider is what is known as a heat loss calculation, when considering alternative heating methods. This is important in determining the size and capacity of the alternative heating methods. A professional HVAC company will use this calculation, to make sure you get the greatest savings you can.
If a unit is too small for the home, it will work overtime trying to heat the place and will cost more money. If you have a unit that is sized perfectly to your home it will be energy-efficient and will allow you to get the greatest benefit for your investment.
The reverse is also true. If you get a unit that is too large for your home, you will end up wasting money on a unit that is working and using up too much energy in your home.
Besides an alternative heating system or source for your home, evaluating that the home is properly insulated will tremendously cut down on the heating cost. The initial investment to insulate the attic, basement, and walls in older homes will easily be offset by the cost of heat that is escaping.
Also check your windows and doors to make sure they are properly sealed. Refer to a previous blog “Is Your Home Ready for Fall“.
Examine the cost savings over several years, compared to your initial investment. If you plan on living in your home for several years, the cost may be well worth the initial investment.
If you are planning on moving or selling your home in the near future, contact us to find out if the investment of a new heating source will benefit in the price that you can sell your home for.
- Save on Home Heating Bills (abcnews.go.com)
- Report: Heating costs likely to rise significantly this winter (fox6now.com)
- Consumers Energy: 8% decrease in heating costs this winter (minbcnews.com)