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Best heating system, wood, gas, or electric?

by CustomHomes on Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fire woodChoosing a heating system for your home is vital for your home’s value, upkeep and for you and your family’s well being and comfort. If properly researched and considered finding the right heating source for your home can be a simple and quick. If not researched well, however, you may have more than a few headaches, high heating bills, and possibly multiple installations. Here are a few options you should consider when choosing a heating source for your home.

Wood

A wood stove, fireplace, or outside wood stove can be a good heat source for a small or open concept home. If you want to install a wood stove or fireplace in your home be sure you are well aware of the risks and maintenance required. First you will want to be sure to have an experienced and reliable contractor install your fireplace or wood stove. From there you will always need to keep your stove or fireplace clean and clear of debris. This way you will cut down on fire hazards. Every spring you will also need to clean, dust, and possibly even wash your furniture and walls. This way soot won’t build up in your home, which can harm you or your family.

If possible you may want to consider using an external wood stove. This means the stove will be outside your home and then the heat would be piped into your home. This cuts down on possible fire hazards and cleaning in your home. However, the external stove will need to be cleaned and cleared regularly to prevent possible fires or air contamination.

Gas

Gas is a simple and reliable way to heat your home. It is often economical and can keep your home comfortable and cozy well into the winter months. With gas, however, there are some hazards and maintenance. If you decide to use gas in your home be sure everyone recognizes the smell of propane and you need to have a plan if there is a possible leak. You should also keep a record of the amount of gas in your tank and when you will need to refuel. This way you will not be without heat during a snowstorm or other possible weather hazards.

Electric

Using electric heat can be a safe and reliable way to have heat in your home. If you want to use electric heat, however, you should be aware that it could be somewhat expensive depending on your home and square footage. Be sure that if you’re building a custom home that it is airtight and offers as much open space as possible. This way heat will not get trapped in rooms causing you to crank it up or seal off rooms during the winter.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com