Summer is just about over and fall is just around the corner, the nights will start to cool down and it will be time to consider getting your heater serviced before winter arrives. Have you thought about your current heating system? How much does it cost you to run or how environmentally friendly it?
If you have been on the verge of replacing your heating system, then now is the time to do it; before winter arrives and you are once again stuck with your old, inefficient heater.
What Is The Most Efficient/Cost Effective Heating System?
If you currently use LP Gas/Propane for heating, then you might want to look away now. Propane is the most expensive way to heat your home, costing an average of $41.13 per million BTU (British Thermal Units). However if you use Natural Gas, Hardwood, or a Pellet Heaters then the news is much better for you.
Here is a quick summary of each fuel type and its thermal efficiency and average cost (per million BTU):
- Natural Gas – $15.38 @ 78% efficiency
- Hardwood – $15.87 @ 63% efficiency
- Wood Pellets – $19.15 @ 78% efficiency
- Fuel Oil – $30.19 @ 70% efficiency
- Electricity – $35.17 @ 100% efficiency
- LP Gas – $41.13 @ 78% efficiency
As you can see, there is quite a cost difference between the three cheapest fuels, and the three most expensive.
Does the Heating System Affect the Value of my Home?
Well let’s think about it this way: imagine you are looking for a new home and there are two identical houses in the same neighborhood. Each house has all the features and comforts that you are looking for – in other words they are almost identical….
EXCEPT for one thing….
One home has an efficient wood pellet heater, and the other home has an inefficient Fuel Oil Heater. Which one would you choose? That’s right, you would choose the house with the efficient heating system, you may even be willing to pay a little more for that house because of the long term savings it will offer.
So in short, the answer is yes – choosing an efficient heating system will raise the value of your home.
What About The Environment?
Ok, I hear you….It’s not always about the money. There are those of us that care about the environment, and about the pollution that we are putting into our local air.
The good news is 2/3 of cheapest heaters to run are also the best for the environment.
Natural gas burns very cleanly and releases very little emissions into the environment, but the big stand out here are pellet stoves. They are good for the environment in a number of ways:
- Pellet stoves use a fuel made from saw dust, which is a waste product that is usually thrown out anyway
- Due to the nature of how they work, pellet stoves burn VERY efficiently and also have very few emissions
Wood stoves are still worth considering, but they do release a higher amount of carbon into the environment and they also lower the local air quality considerably due to wood smoke.
So What Do I Choose?
In the end, it’s up to you. Each heater type has it’s own disadvantages and advantages. Personally, I would choose a pellet stove.
If you love the radiant heat of a fire place, then choose a pellet heater or a wood stove. If you prefer a heating system with vents in each room, then choose a natural gas central heating system.
Author Bio: Aaron Green is a father of two and a lover of DIY projects. He spends most of his spare time improving his home and spending time with his family. You can find more of Aaron’s writing at www.essentialhomeandgarden.com