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Tips For Adding An Alternate Heat Source To Your Home

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In many areas of the country, temperatures are already dropping. This may have you thinking about the best way to heat your home. While a traditional HVAC system and other electrically powered heating systems work well in many homes, it can also be a good idea to have an alternate heating source. Power outages in fall and winter can prevent you from using your electrical heating system, which can be quite dangerous if you live in an area where temperatures get extremely cold. Consider adding an alternate heat source to your home to ensure your family stays safe and warm.

Quick and easy solutions

For those who need an occasional way to heat their home during a rare power outage, a propane heater can be a good option. These heaters are compact and can work well in small rooms. They may be a good choice if you live in an area with milder temperatures since you won’t likely need to purchase a lot of fuel. Kerosene heaters are also a good temporary option, and the newer versions are much smaller and easier to use. Kerosene can be pricey, but a kerosene heater can warm up a small-to-medium-sized room in little time.

Whole house heating systems

Fireplaces, whether wood-burning or gas-fueled, can be used to heat your entire house. Firewood is generally very affordable and easy to get. A wood-burning fireplace does require maintenance for safety, and installation can be quite pricey. Pellet stoves are another option for heating your home. The pellets burn clean, and the installation process is easier and cheaper than installing a wood-burning fireplace. Keep in mind that some alternate sources of heat won’t function efficiently without the use an electric blower, making them less than ideal for a power outage situation.

If you live in an area where it gets very cold during winter or an area where winter storms are common, it’s a good idea to have a non-electric way of heating your home. You may want a budget-friendly option that you only need in emergencies. Some people prefer to have a whole-house heating system installed, which can be more efficient than using an HVAC system. Whatever option you choose, be sure to properly maintain your system, install a carbon monoxide detector for safety and have enough fuel to get you through a winter power outage.

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