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Supplemental Heating Sources

With the winter chill upon us, some people are turning to additional heating sources to help warm their homes.  Since there’s no escaping the wintry New England weather, let’s briefly examine some popular choices one might be inclined to make.

  • Pellet Stove. Pellet stoves have gained in popularity these past fifteen or so years, likely because of the generous amount of heat they produce.  The updated models function on an automatic fuel-delivery system.  A fan distributes air through heat exchangers and blows the warmth into the room.  Pellet stoves must be vented, and only qualified installers should set up the unit.  The cost for the stove (with installation) can range from $1,700 to $3600 (or above).
  • Wood Stove.  Wood stoves have been popular for many years and still are in favor. Like pellet stoves, wood stoves must be vented, either by vent pipes or chimneys.  There are guidelines associated with the installation and location of the stove and its parts.  Subsequently, it is important to use qualified installers.  Wood stoves utilize wood to heat, and this can be a very warming choice.
  • Space or Electric Heater. Space heaters can help heat a room.  Still, most units are not suitable as the sole source of heat.  When choosing a space heater, it is important to look for an item that has been UL tested.  Also, seek out models that have heat guard elements and an automatic shut-off.  Space heaters are normally reasonable; you can find decent models for under $100.  Yet, they continue to be linked to home fires during the colder months, so be careful to follow the placement instructions.
  • Passive Solar Panels.  Passive solar panels are much less pricey than conventional solar (although not nearly as effective).  Certain individuals choose passive solar when constructing a new home.  The panels collect the sun’s rays, and heat is stored in sun areas and then slowly released into the room.

The rising cost of energy has forced a number of people to search for additional heating sources; and some are quite efficient.  There are certainly other selections that extend beyond the above list.  Whatever option you choose, it is very important to abide by the respective regulations and/or guidelines to ensure the greatest level of safety (and warmth) for you and your family.

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