Why Heat with Wood Instead of Natural Gas
Natural gas is still far and away the most popular method for heating homes in the U.S., as half of Americans use it as their primary heating source. However, more homeowners are realizing that there are alternatives to this popular heat source, as homes that heat with wood were the fastest-growing segment of the heating market between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census figures.
There are multiple ways to heat with wood, from traditional wood stoves to new ultra-efficient pellet-burning furnaces to a wide variety of standing pellet stoves and fireplace inserts. American Energy Systems provides new, more efficient and more convenient types of wood- and pellet-burning stoves and furnaces that have likely increased interest in wood heat. With this shift in heating homeowners are realizing there are multiple advantages in choosing to heat with wood compared to the more widely used natural gas, and American Energy Systems is ready to “prove” the advantages and savings. Read on!
Cost is competitive
Natural gas is generally thought of as the most economical means of heating your home, but wood heat is also a pretty good bet to reduce heating bills. Prices can vary due to fluctuations in the market and accessibility where you live, but wood heat is at the very least going to be very competitive with natural gas, if not more affordable.
More price certainty
Natural gas may be one of the more affordable ways to heat your home, but that doesn’t meant its price doesn’t fluctuate, as you can see by this historical price chart. Wood prices can vary too, but generally are more stable – and you can stockpile it when prices are low. Another advantage of a pellet stove or furnace is that in many of today’s models, you can use pellets made of different materials, such as corn, wheat or cardboard – whichever might offer the best value.
Wood heat takes you off the grid
If you’re using wood to heat your home, you don’t have to rely on the gas company to get fuel to your home. As long as you have wood or pellets on hand and a functioning stove or furnace, you’ll never have to worry about an interruption in service.
Pellet heat is renewable
Natural gas may come with a low price tag, but there are other costs associated with its use. It’s not a renewable energy source and must be mined – and in some cases gas companies may be using the environmentally questionable process of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” to extract it from the earth. Responsibly forested wood, on the other hand, is a renewable heat source you can feel proud to use.
Pellet heat is available everywhere
While wood, wood pellets or some other form of biomass pellets are going to be available in almost any location, natural gas simply isn’t available everywhere. And if natural gas isn’t available at your home, wood heat immediately becomes the most affordable alternative.
Whether you’re considering a wholesale switch to wood heat by outfitting your home with a pellet-burning furnace, or you’re simply looking at a standing pellet stove to heat your garage or new addition, heating with wood definitely has both its economic and environmental advantages.