Heat. Up here in the northern part of the US, we cannot live without it, especially during the winter months. Most new homes are going to have either a gas or an electric furnace. The new models of both are way more efficient than they were even a few years ago. But keep in mind that the price of both electricity and natural gas fluctuate, not only within a season, but also over the course of a year.
As you consider ways to heat your new home, take a look at a few options to the basic furnace. Here are a few ideas:
Heated floors. 2 main types exist. Electrical or hot water. Both will make your floor feel like a warm beach beneath your feet. Both need electicity to run.
Wood or pellet stove. The price of pellets has held fairly steady over the last few years. Might make a great secondary source. Get the battery backup type pellet so it will run in a power outage.
Wall mounted space heaters. Come in 110v or 220v systems. Produce fast room heat when needed. Electicity required.
Gas fireplace. The gas will run in a power outage, but the fan will not.
All of these will make good secondary heat sources. As you consider all of them, do a bit of research on the prices to run each type of fuel in your area.
Kevin Robinson is a building consultant. He is formally educated in general residential construction as well as "schooled" on the job. Formerly licensed as a general contractor in the State of Idaho, he currently shows potential owner builders how they can save thousands managing it themselves. He has written guest articles for a few construction type magazines and also publishes his own small newsletter for owner builders. Email Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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