There are many options available when it comes to heating our homes: fossil fuel furnaces which burn natural gas, propane or fuel oil, and others which burn wood and electricity. When using fossil fuel or wood for heating, combustion safety becomes an issue and proper maintenance is necessary.
When fossil fuels are burned, the presence of carbon monoxide becomes a good possibility. Improper installations or maintenance of these systems can cause carbon monoxide gas to escape into our living spaces causing health issues. This gas is odorless and when undetected can cause flu-like symptoms and lead to unconsciousness or even death. As colder weather approaches, be sure to check your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors while changing their batteries.
Of all the heating systems available, electric heat is the only one where carbon monoxide is not an issue.Along with that, there is no wasted heat going out the chimney. The electricity consumed is 100 percent efficient at the meter. Members get all the energy that they pay for.
Electric heating also uses the same options of ductwork and water. Other options are also available when heating with electricity: storage media such as ceramic breaks, electric baseboards, wall and cove heaters.
With more renewable energy sources such as wind and solar being used to provide energy for homes, homes can be heated without giving off CO2 emissions into the atmosphere as well.