09 Jun '14, 9am

It's time to overcome our prejudice against electric space heating systems.

Electric heat depends on the grid and the grid doesn’t always work. These are a few options for dealing with grid intermittency: • Backup generator. This has the side benefit of running the lights and appliances during an outage, but it will cost at least a couple of thousand dollars. • Backup heating system. The options here include a fuel-fired furnace, a boiler, or a wood-burning stove. Since it’s a backup system, efficiency can be sacrificed here to save money. A low-efficiency backup furnace system might cost about $1,000. • Tough it out. If you’re confident in the grid and willing to throw on a couple of extra layers when there is a power outage, this is obviously the most cost-effective option. If there’s a risk of losing power for days at a time in the winter, however, you’ll want a backup system to avoid frozen pipes.

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