Heating Systems, From Cheapest To Most Expensive, And Best Air Quality


There are almost a dozen different ways you can heat your home now. New ways to heat your home are invented every decade. Presently, your choices in heating systems include all of the following, from cheapest to least expensive, plus a description of expected air quality with each.

Pellet Stoves/Corn Stoves 

If you have an open concept or ranch-style home, or if your home is less than two thousand square feet, a compressed wood pellet stove or corn pellet stove is the cheapest way to heat your home. The pellets come in bags, which are easily stored out of sight or near the stove for convenience. A scoop or two of pellets burn for several hours and can heat most of your home for a tiny price.

In some parts of the country, you may pay only $200 or less for a ton of corn or wood pellets, which will easily last you all winter, next winter, and possibly the winter after that. As for air quality, it is very warm and tends to be on the dry side. The burning smells of wood or corn pellets cannot be smelled as they travel through the pipe exhaust to the outdoors.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is purportedly the second least expensive heating source. This may have something to do with the fact that most cities provide the natural gas and electricity that most homes use and because it is a very common byproduct of fossil fuels. The average family this winter can expect to spend about a thousand dollars or less on heating bills when they use natural gas. Air quality tends to be on the very dry side, but natural gas heating can heat larger homes quite efficiently.


Electricity is the third cheapest option, with many homes spending a little over twelve hundred dollars to almost two grand, depending on the size of the home and how bitterly cold the winter gets. Keep in mind that this figure is just for your heating. It does not take into account the cost of electricity for all your lights and appliances during the winter. Your bill for electric heat may be much higher. Air quality tends to be really dry and a tad on the dirty side, unless you have an HVAC technician clean the air ducts thoroughly every six months. 


Boilers definitely are not cheap. Their complicated systems make them difficult to repair and maintain, too. However, the air quality produced is clean, with plenty of moisture; a perfect solution for families that frequently suffer bloody noses in winter from overly-dry air.


12 November 2018

Improving Your Home Heating System

Last winter, I became frustrated with how often our home was chilly and uncomfortable. It was really devastating to deal with the prospect of trying to stay warm at night and during the chilly days, but I realized that it might have something to do with our HVAC system. Instead of ignoring the issue, I decided that it might be best to contact a professional to check our system out. When the expert came out, he went through our machinery and found several issues. When it was fixed, the difference was amazing. Read more on this blog to find out how to improve your home heating system.