With heating systems offering so much diversity in recent times, many people are looking for the most efficient solution that would affect their budget in the least noticeable way. And considering the differences in some of those systems, it's not hard to get fooled into thinking that a particular system offers a more efficient solution than it actually does. In this article, we've outlined the costs associated with different popular types of heating systems, allowing you to easily see how much you'll end up paying for each in the long run, and which is the best choice for you.
Wood is a popular choice for many, who believe that it's also the cheapest. You'd be surprised to find out that the reality is actually almost the exact opposite - if you consider the average cost of wood pellets and the amount needed to provide heating for an entire season, you'll quickly see that it can add up to large sums of money. There have been reports of cases where people actually ended up paying the cumulative cost of their entire heating system over the course of one month, just to buy more wood pellets. You also have the option of using wood chips which are a bit more bearable in that regard, but don't be fooled - they're only slightly less expensive, and they tend to take up more space, too, further making them an unattractive choice.
Oil is another commonly used fuel for heating systems nowadays, and depending on where you live, this can actually be a very good and efficient solution - the emphasis here is on "depending on where you live" though - even though some people have access to very cheap oil, in some other places it can cost you even more than wood to keep your heater running for an entire season. Still, taking the average case in mind, oil does provide a noticeably cheaper solution than both wood pellets and wood chips, plus it's easier to store as it doesn't take up so much room.
What's the most effective fuel then? Not surprisingly, most research results point at gas - regardless of where you live, it can be very easy to find a good offer on gas supply, getting a very efficient cost vs efficiency ratio. Yes, it's true that gas does have some hazards inherently attached to it, and it can be somewhat tricky in terms of supply (making room for the gas pipes, etc). But if you factor all the costs and effort you'll have to invest into installing a gas-based heating system in your home, it can easily be the most attractive choice.
You shouldn't forget the other, less common systems either - solar panels can offset your costs very well, but they have the major disadvantage of being unreliable, and in some cases they may fail to provide you with power/heating exactly in the moments when you need it most. Plus, they require quite a bit of maintenance, something which turns many people off.