There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to off grid heating. In fact, we highly suggest having a primary source of heat and a secondary as a backup. Different heating methods have different advantages and disadvantages, depending on various factors. Here are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing an off grid heating method for your home:
The climate of your location plays a major role in determining your heating needs and options. For example, if you live in a mild or warm climate, you may not need a lot of heating, or you may be able to rely on passive heating methods, such as solar thermal panels or radiant heat. On the other hand, if you live in a cold or snowy climate like we do, you may need a more powerful and reliable heating system, such as a permanently mounted propane wall heater or a wood stove. You also need to consider the availability and cost of fuel sources, such as wood, propane, or the energy demand on a solar system.
Up here in Canada we’re all about the reliability of a high quality wood stove at our off grid home.
Your budget is another important factor to consider when choosing an off grid heating method. You need to think about how much money you are willing to spend on your heating system, both initially and in the long run. Some heating methods, such as heat pumps or solar thermal panels, may have a high upfront cost, but they can also save you money in the long run by reducing your energy consumption and maintenance costs. Other heating methods, such as propane heaters or wood stoves, may have a lower upfront cost, but they can also incur higher ongoing costs due to fuel and maintenance expenses. While the reliability and simple operations of our wood stove have it’s perks, there’s that element of harvesting and processing fire wood.
If splitting wood is your jam then check out the Kindling Cracker article we wrote.