There are many ways to heat your home. Common heating fuels include natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and electricity. However, alternative fuel sources such as wood, coal, grain, and pellets are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, between 2000 and 2010, there was a 34% rise in the number of homes using wood as a home heating source. That is faster than any other fuel source used!

At Northeastern Fireplace and Design, we realize that there is a lot of potential in alternative home heating. We want to make sure we can offer our customers an appliance that will burn the type of fuel they desire. That’s why we offer a variety of furnace options which burn fuels such as wood, coal, wheat, rye, pellets, and oil. If you’re a little skeptical about switching to an alternative fuel appliance, let us share with you why a lot of our customers are currently switching to alternative fuels.

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Gas and electric furnaces and boilers need to be tapped into your electric and gas grids. Because of this, you’re usually limited to one fuel option. However, some of the furnaces and boilers that we offer can operate using a number of different fuel options (wood, coal, wheat, rye, pellets, and oil). This means you can use whatever fuel type is the most cost-effective for you at that time.

Although gas fuel is usually somewhat cheap, its price tends to fluctuate a lot over time. However, if you live in an area where other fuel types are readily available, it can be cheaper to run your furnace or boiler using those fuels. This is especially true if you live in an area with lots of woodlands. Oftentimes, local conservation groups and government agencies will allow you to harvest wood in their woodlands for cheap, saving you a large number of heating costs.

Off the grid heat

Many people don’t want to rely on their fuel coming from an outside source. If your municipal gas service is shut off due to an emergency or natural disaster, it could take days or weeks to get your heat back. In the winter, that could have a big impact on your comfort and safety. Many alternative fuels can be stockpiled, which is something you can’t do with natural gas or electricity. This could help you and your family stay warm and safe during tough times.

Go Green

Some alternatives can help lessen your carbon footprint. If you want to use renewable resources for heat, a wood, rye, or pellet furnace may be right. These types of fuels are environmentally friendly because they keep reproducing year after year. Fuels like gas, oil, and coal are plentiful but they take thousands of years to produce. This keeps them from being considered environmentally friendly.

These alternatives are great for getting off the grid, becoming more environmentally friendly, and having more hot water. At Northeastern Fireplace and Design, we have furnaces and boilers that fit your needs. The furnaces and boilers we offer are compact and come in a variety of fuel options, so basically whatever your need is, we can help you. Give us a call at today at (518)-767-9314 or set up an appointment online to talk with one of our furnace experts to see what we can do for you. You can also come to our showroom and see for yourself all the heating options we have to offer. We look forward to serving you!