Different Ways to Heat Your Home


There are many different ways to heat your home. Some are more cost-efficient than others. Some types of homes require less heat than others. You many also want to consider how your heating choice affects the environment. Certain heating sources are cleaner than others. A few choices for heating your home are wood heating, hydronic floor radiant heating and space heaters.

Wood Heat

  • Wood is one way to heat your home. There are different types of wood, and some are more expensive than others. Firewood should be of good quality in order to get the most efficient heating. It's best to compare them to find out the best price. It's important to buy wood that fits your stove or fireplace. New wood stoves are beneficial because they decrease air pollution in your home. Store your wood in an area where it doesn't get wet. Wood should be dry when you burn it. Softwood is best to burn if you need only low heat. Use a large amount of hardwood if you need more heat.

Hydronic Floor Radiant Heating

  • Hydronic floor radiant heating is a clean way to heat your home. The price of this system can be affordable. A modular board with PEX tubing and an aluminum top sheet can be installed on your floor. This is done by laying it into the groves of precut wood panels instead of concrete. PEX tubing is new rubber tubing that works better than some of the older kinds of tubing. The aluminum top sheet is what spreads the heat evenly across your entire floor. Your choice of floor coverings such as hardwood, marble or carpet can be put directly over this system.

Space Heaters

  • Space heaters can be used to heat your home. This type of heat works similar to an air conditioner. Electricity or gas warms the heat coils of the convective space heater. Your room is heated from the internal fans that cause the air to get hot from the coils. These types of heaters can warm up a certain area in a room very quickly, but they take longer to heat an entire room. A radiant space heater heats the air around it. The hot air will rise to the ceiling then lower and cool. The radiant space heater should be placed in an area of the room that makes it work most efficiently or where you want the most heat. Types of radiant space heaters include infrared, ceramic, quartz or halogen-light style

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