Heating Options for Your Home
Heating options for your home will be one of your main considerations if you’re constructing a new home or having your existing home renovated. It might also be necessary to review your existing heating system if more cost effective solutions are available. The fuel type selected depends on where you live because the costs vary from one place to another.
Supplemental heating has been used by many homes in an effort to lower the cost of heating a home. The primary heating system must be selected first then a supplemental solution might be considered. The price and availability of fuel will influence your choice of the heating solutions presented below.
1. Electric Heating
Electric heating is the most common form of heating homes because it is readily available and appliances are easily installed. A major drawback with these systems is that they are not the most cost effective way to heat a home. Even with energy efficient electrical heating appliances the cost for heating could be more than the cost for other heating solutions.
Electric heating options include the following:
- Whole home furnaces with prices that start around $150.
- In floor radiant heating that start at $59.
- Baseboard heaters starting at $62.
- Convection heaters which are really baseboard heaters with a different technology. Prices start at $85.
- Portable room heaters that you can plug in to a standard outlet. You can get these for as low as $29.
- Portable infrared heaters which use infrared technology to produce heat. These can be very pricey but you can get a small one to heat a small space for $109.
- Electric fireplaces are functional but can be used to add to your décor as well. Pricing starts at $299.
2. Natural Gas Heating
Natural gas heating is a cost effective home heating option in some areas. If you are considering natural gas as a heating option you will need to choose from a selection of appliances to deliver heat. These include whole home furnaces fitted with ducting, fireplaces and heaters mounted to the wall. Apart from the lowered cost people choose natural gas because it is clean and safe and can be used to fuel stoves, dryers and for hot water.
A qualified technical will need to install the system for you. The purchase of the appliance and installation will cost a lot upfront with some systems costing as much as $3999 but the savings later down the road make the costs worth it.
3. Propane Gas Heating
Propane gas is commonly used by campers for heat, refrigeration and cooking but can be used for heating homes as well. Propane is normally more expensive than natural gas but in some places it is the only option available. The system will need to be installed and maintained by professionals.
Appliances include fireplaces and space heaters which provide clean heat without taking away from the home décor. Natural gas heaters can be purchased for $179 and up.
4. Oil Heating Systems
In the past oil heating systems were the most used form of heating a home. In some homes it is the only option afforded but as the prices for oil vary it has become a very expensive heating solution. Oil heating appliances vary from small space heaters to larger appliances like furnaces and fireplaces.
This option also requires the aid of qualified technician. Portable space heaters start at $69 while larger furnaces can cost up to $2500 and more.
5. Hot Water Heating
Hot water heating makes use of a boiler unit and small hot water radiators that are strategically placed in various places in the home. This is a cost effective heating option and the system is installed during the construction phase of the home. Technological advances have made water heating functional yet very cost effective, including new efficient heat exchanger products.
The purchase of the system and installation costs will be high upfront but in the long run the costs will make sense to a homeowner that wants to save on home heating. Pricing for full home systems start at $2600.
6. Geothermal Heating Systems
Geothermal heating involves the use of technology to heat the home using heat harnessed from within the earth. The major advantage of this type of heating is that it is extremely cost effective. Other benefits include quiet operation, environmental friendly heating option, clean, safe and lower lifetime costs since geothermal energy appliances can last 15 years and more.
Ground source heat pumps used to provide heat for the home can cost as little as $89.
7. Multifunction Hot and Cold Generation Units
People who reside in a hot climate can use multifunction units and save money on appliances. Central systems that cover the entire home use ducting that works with both heat and air conditioning. Portable units that serve dual purposes are also an option. Not all multifunction units use hot and cold so make sure to ask a lot of questions before you purchase.
Expect to pay at least $899 for a good unit.
Do you mind paying a lot upfront for the purchase and installation of your home heating option if it pays off in the long run?