If you live in rural area, it would be wise to consider an outdoor hydronic heater which will reduce your energy costs, and increase your homes heating quality. There are many types of outdoor hydronic heater systems that can run on gas, electricity, or heating oil, but the most cost effective are wood fired boilers. Using wood as your energy source is a “Green” option that is not only substantially cheaper than fossil fuels or electricity, but also help to reduce the amount of carbon emission that are released into the atmosphere.
There are remote locations in Alaska that have found a way to harness the heat from hot water springs. These springs drive high energy stream into heat exchangers that produce enough “Green” energy to power entire communities with almost wood heaters 100% free hydronic power that can used to heat homes, provide hot water for bathing, and even generate electricity to operate lighting and other needs.
The initial investment to install an outdoor hydronic heater is a bit more expensive than other heating solutions, but the investment return is rapid and these benefits alone make it a wise long term investment. There are many indoor solutions but an outdoor hydronic heater is easier to clean and maintain than any other furnace system available on the market. The EPA has a wonderful website that offers in depth information on the installation, maintenance, and regulations on wood fired furnaces and hydronic heaters. The information can help you choose the right outdoor hydronic heater as well as provide helpful tips to make your system efficient and safe year round.
There are Federal tax credits for wood or pellet burning systems and stoves, and this also applies to installation costs. Tax credits information is available on the EPA’s website and you can also contact your local utility company as well. With the adoption of “green” energy technology, more and more homeowners are looking at these solutions for the energy savings as well as doing their part to help eliminate harmful carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere.
The newest outdoor hydronic heater designs are called phase 2 by the EPA and are said to not only burn up to 90% cleaner, but they also produce more natural energy which increases their already high popularity in rural locations where the cost of propane, natural gas, and electricity are beyond the financial reach of most homeowners. But even if these costs were lower they still would not compare to the energy from outdoor hydronic heater systems, which are still more efficient and cost effective.