Did you know heating your home makes up about 42% of your energy bills each month, according to energy.gov? That’s a huge expense and a potential place to save money! While there are a number of things you can do to cut down on your energy bills, having the most efficient heating system for cold winter weather will save you the most money in the short and the long run. So, how do you figure out which system is the most efficient choice for your Central Alabama home? This article explains the difference between the 4 most well-known home heating solutions. 

Electric Heating

Electric heating is great for the environment, however, it’s not so great for your wallet. Electric heating produces very high energy costs because electricity is more expensive than gas. There is one situation where electric heating is suitable, and that’s where cold weather is rare. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Childersburg and the surrounding area, so, for residents here, electric heating is not the most efficient option.

Wood Burning Stove

Compared with other types of fireplaces, wood burning stoves are quite efficient. They are designed to reduce harmful emissions inside and outside of your home while increasing heat output going into your home. However, in terms of heating your whole home, central heating is a more efficient and effective option during colder months.

Heat Pump

A heat pump can work as an air conditioner or a heater, keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Heat pumps are also a great choice for regulating humidity in your home, making them one of the most efficient choices on the market. During winter, heat pumps efficiently supply warm air throughout your home. Newer, high SEER models have variable speed compressors, meaning they can keep your home within 1-2 degrees of your desired temperature at all times. 


There are three types of furnaces: natural gas, electric, and propane. Most homes in the Childersburg area are heated by gas furnaces. Gas furnaces heat your home by igniting combustible fuels in the burner. The flames provide the heat that warms the heat exchanger where passing air will warm up before entering the home through the ductwork. Furnaces are efficient for environments like ours’, where winter can get pretty cold and stays that way for a few months.

Learn More

To find out exactly which system would work best for your home, family, and budget, call  Sleeping Giant Heating & Cooling, Inc.. We are your locally owned American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Childersburg, AL. We care about the comfort of your whole home and regularly provide tips and inspiration on home-related topics.

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