How to Compare Fuel Costs for Home Heating Systems

Updated February 21, 2017

Your home heating system is responsible for keeping your entire home warm during the long, cold months of the winter. Without a reliable heating system, you and your family can freeze during the chillier parts of the year. However, there are other factors to consider when purchasing a home heating system. For example, different types of fuel have different costs. Compare them carefully to get the best deal.

Get to know your different fuel options. Home heating systems can use a wide variety of fuel types, including electricity, natural gas, propane, wood and solar power.

Research the differences between the main fuel options for your home heating system. For example, electric might not be the most efficient, cost-effective choice, but it's available almost everywhere. Natural gas can be less expensive, but not all areas have it as an option. Propane can be dangerous but clean burning, while wood can get messy but is always available, and solar power is a new technology that is not yet widespread.

Find out how readily available the fuel source is in your area. Some fuels may be abundant, while others are hard to find. The easier it is to find, the less it's likely to cost.

Look at the amount of square feet the home heating system can heat and how much fuel is needed to accomplish this. No matter what fuel source is used, the home heating system needs to be able to heat at least the square footage of your home. If your home has poor insulation or you live in a particularly cold climate, you should look for a home heating system that can heat more than the square footage of your home. It's also important to compare how much of the fuel will be needed to heat your home for a given time frame, such as per day, week or month.

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