3 Reasons to Consider Adding Supplemental Heating Sources


When home heating is discussed, the focus is usually on traditional whole house systems such as furnaces, heat pumps, and boilers. While these systems are known for their ability to be efficient home heating sources, there are still some situations in which one or more smaller heat sources should be considered. 

These smaller heat sources, often called supplemental heat, are typically for small areas and are available in many different types. If you are wondering if adding one or more supplemental heat sources to your home would be a worthwhile endeavor, here are three of the potential benefits your family might enjoy from your efforts. 

1. Cure current comfort issues

In most homes, especially those that are older or somewhat sprawling in size, there may be one or more areas that seem chilly during the winter season. Some common examples include spaces that are not fully served by the main heat source, such as sun-rooms that have been converted to year-round use, rooms that have been added on to the home, and living areas located in a semi- or un-finished basement or attic space.

Adding some type of supplemental heat to these areas can help reduce strain on the current heating system and ensure that these areas will be more comfortable for your family to use in winter. 

2. Prevent future comfort issues

Homeowners can also use supplemental heating options to prevent future comfort issues when making changes to their homes. For instance, families who are switching from carpet to solid surface flooring options like tile, wood, or stone should consider the installation of radiant floor heat to ensure that floor surfaces are more comfortable for their families to use. 

3. Provide dependable emergency heat

One of the most important reasons to consider the installation of a supplemental heating option in your home is to provide emergency heat. A home's main heat source can stop functioning for many reasons, including power outages, furnace failures, or running out of fuel. Even miscommunications with utility providers that result in service disconnection can result in a lack of heat from the home's main source. 

Homeowners who choose to install a supplemental heat source that does not require connection to utilities to operate, such as a propane heater served by a small tank, a wood stove, or a battery-powered pellet stove, can help their family stay safe when the home's main heat source ceases to function. 

To learn more benefits related to installing supplemental heat in your home, take time to discuss your situation and concerns with a heating service or HVAC contractor in your area. 


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