I love wintertime with it’s snowy landscapes and crystal icicles hanging from the branches of my pines trees. My favorite spot to snuggle up next to the fireplace is on my cozy couch. Speaking of heat there are so many choices for staying warm in your barndominium during the colder months.
Green heating and solar heating are growing rapidly during this time of economic crisis and global warming. Working together with nature seems to be a wise decision. With all the challenges we are facing in these hard times, many clients are looking for economic ways to heat their homes and save money.
Heating your home has always been a huge decision for homeowners, no matter if you are in the baby boom era or the millennial era. We are finding that many of our clients are working towards becoming more self-sufficient and self-sustainable. With that said, as designers of barndominiums and shophouses here at BuildMax. During our phone conversations, people often ask us about the most efficient ways to heat these homes. Since we are architectural designers who design floor plans and we are not in the industry of heat and air. We direct our clients to the professionals in their area. Of course, this got us seeing green. Green as in saving clients cash but also saving the environment.
Green heating is a really big thing nowadays, if you have access to natural gas, you might as well have struck gold. Natural gas is a great source when it comes to heating your home. This comes from the earth and is basically the cleanest burning. Forming from plant and animal decomposition over millions of years. And could come free if found on your property. Tapping into a source like this could supply you with a lifetime of fuel for cooking and heating your home.
Wood is also another source to investigate. Wood is one of the coziest heat but also very dry heat. Using a cast Iron kettle full of water will help put some moisture in the air to help with this issue. Heating a house in years past for a lot of families consisted of a wood-burning stove. Welded stoves made from steel or cast iron were commonplace in most homes as well as wood-burning fireplaces. These stoves put out zoned heat. This is where the heat usually was for the room the stove was in. Hauling wood and splitting it was hard manual labor. Not something a person looked forward to in the depth of winter. But thanks to the technology of today, it’s a much simpler task. Then came the Cast iron stoves with double walls and fans to circulate the heat around the room. Which made them more efficient. Along with the use of this heat source comes the messy cleanup and the effort on your part to keep the woodchopped and stacked. These sources require yearly maintenance and with the risk of fires starting from the build-up of creosote in the chimney of homes using this heating source.
Homeowners considered taking these stoves out of the home and placing them in areas outside the home. And a new system called caught on using a broiler. With this method, the wood stove is heated in a separate area outside of the home to lower the risk of house fires such as a block building a short distance away from the house. These furnaces use hot water to generate heat underground, and with a heat exchanger in the ductwork, near an existing furnace, it sends the heat through venting in your home and disperses it into the individual rooms.
Solar panels and clean energy. Growing in popularity and affordability the use of solar panels may be the choice fit for you. While the world has struggled the past few years with the Covid pandemic, People have stepped into high gear and began thinking about how they could sustain in a crisis. Solar power was one of their thoughts. More people are using solar panels now than ever before. And maintaining power for your home is a true necessity in these times. Solar panels are not attractive nor are they compatible with the configuration of every roof. And it takes about 20 panels to sufficiently heat the average size house. And can cost between 12-19K to get these installed. They are not a DIY project even for the experienced installers. To actually see the true benefits of solar panel energy it may take several years of use. You should begin to see a significant increase in your energy bill. There is also something called the Fed. Solar tax credit. I truly have not investigated all the benefits of the tax credit. But if this is something that interests you, there are several good articles out there on the web you can read through. Although solar will not work alone in the occasion of a power outage, it will with help of solar battery storage. you should be just fine. And The batteries are not so good for the environment in my opinion.
So, at the end of the day. I suggest you do your homework and research all the options listed above and choose which source is right for you and your barndominium or Shophouse.
Although the large panels are not attractive nor are they compatible with the configuration of every roof. They are energy efficient. You can run your entire home on solar power.