Top Heating Alternatives for Your Home This Winter

Top Heating Alternatives for Your Home This WinterHeating alternatives available today prove there’s more than one way to stay comfortable in winter. While most people still opt for a conventional gas-fired furnace, sometimes it’s not a perfect fit for all purposes. Some homeowners want to depend on alternate energy sources, for example, while others feel that conventional forced-air isn’t the method they prefer.

Here are some heating alternatives that expand your options for a pleasant, healthy indoor environment:


No matter how chilly it gets up here on the surface, only a few feet underground the temperature remains stable at about 55 degrees year-round. This fact of nature, combined with the technology to harvest underground heat and concentrate it means you can heat your home with the warmth of the earth for only the modest operating cost of a heat pump. There’s no fuel consumed on-site and geothermal can also switch functions and operate as an energy-efficient air conditioner in summer. The underground heat collector can be installed horizontally a few feet underground—this requires substantial open space—or in a deep vertical well that has a very small footprint.

Radiant Floor

Radiant heat suffuses individual rooms with gentle warmth that is very consistent. It requires a water heater—usually natural gas-fired—plus a grid of tubing to circulate that water, installed beneath the flooring of the room. A radiant system eliminates the drawbacks of forced-air heating in a given room. Air quality is improved and hot/cold temperature swings that typically accompany furnace cycles are a thing of the past. It’s a fairly labor-intensive process to install, however, best accomplished when you’re already doing some renovation or remodeling.

Hydronic Baseboard Heater

Another option that utilizes heated water, these units mount externally around the baseboard of a room. Warmth produced by the circulating hot water naturally rises into the room without blowing forced air. The standout advantage of hydronic baseboard heat over a radiant floor is that installation is far less intensive and requires no dismantling of the floor or other structure.

Providing efficient, effective heating alternatives since 1922, contact Paitson Bros. for workable solutions to keep your home comfortable this winter.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heating and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859. 

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