Should I Switch My Heat Source?

| 11/8/2016 1:45:00 PM

Megan WildIt’s that time of year again — winter is coming, and it’s time to take a look at your home’s heating system and determine if it’s in need of repairs or replacement. It’s also a good time to decide if you should switch your home’s heating source. What’s the best way to choose what kind of heat source would be great for your home? Is one type of heat source better than the others? Let’s find out.

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Types of Heat Sources

Before choosing your home’s heat source, it’s important to know what the different options are. The most common fuel sources are:

• Natural gas
• LP (propane)
• Electric
• Fuel oil

The type of fuel that’s available for your home-heating needs will largely depend on the type of climate you live in and what’s available in the area. Homes in the Northeast, for example, may still rely on fuel oil, while other homes may have been converted to electric.

Overall, the most popular type of home heating is natural gas, equipped in more than 50% of the country’s homes. By comparison, around 34% use electricity, 8% rely on fuel oil, and a mere 6% still use propane.