When you own a home that isn't located in an area in which natural gas isn't an option, you'll have limited options when it comes to heating your home. What are your options? Here, you'll find out.
Your easiest option will be to use electricity to heat the home. It will not require any extra piping to be run in the house and you won't have to worry about anything but paying your electricity bill. Now, keep in mind, heating with electricity is going to cost you more than any other options today, but if you don't have any other options, you'll just need to do a little research to find the right type of system.
You can opt for a whole-house furnace system that uses electricity to heat your home. It heats the air, pushes it through the duct work, and heats the home. The downside to this setup is that it is the most expensive option for heating your home.
Another option is mini-spit ductless heaters. These are the systems that you'd typically see in hotel rooms. Some include heating and cooling options and give you the ability to maintain the temperature of each space individually without overusing utilities to do so.
Baseboard heaters are another option. These units can be portable or permanent, can run on a 110 v or 220 v current and can be very efficient.
Propane or Oil
If you're not thrilled with the idea of paying a small fortune to heat your home with electricity, you do have the option of using propane or oil to heat the home. A holding tank is positioned in your yard – some people bury them – and filled whenever it needs to be. Piping is run into your home to the furnace and the furnace is fueled by the propane or oil.
The one bad thing about utilizing this type of fuel is that you can run out at the most inconvenient time. To prevent this from happening, discuss automatic delivery with the company providing the propane or oil. They may be able to calculate and estimate when you'll need to have the tank refilled to avoid running out. They will then show up, fill your tank, and send you a bill for what you've used.
Talk with your local HVAC contractor to learn more about what you can do to heat your home efficiently without the option of using natural gas.