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Small Space Heater Reviews     
                                             
I'm sure the first thing you noticed is the huge difference in annual heating costs between a
tuned up furnace running at 80% efficiency and a neglected or worn out furnace operating at
only 65%.

If you don't know the efficiency of your heating plant, call the folks who service it to find out how
efficient it's running. If your furnace or boiler hasn't been given the once-over in a while, now
would be the perfect time to find out how efficiently your heating dollars are being spent.

Generally speaking, if your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old you should consider
replacing it with one of the newer high efficency units. If you have yet to take advantage of the
Federal incentives for energy efficient appliances you are still elegible for up to $500 in tax
credits.

* Fuel costs per unit are taken from the
Fuel Comparison Chart on this site.
** Fuel Consumed is based on 90 Mil BTU; the approximate number of BTUs needed to heat a
1,800 -2,000 sq. ft. home for one heating season in the Northeast including hot water. The
exceptions to this are corn, wood, and wood pellet
stoves which provide supplemental heat and
no hot water.
 
Heating System
Efficiency
Annual Cost
Cost Per Unit*
2013 - 2014
Fuel Consumed**
 
Electric Furnace
100%
$3,289
$0.157/kWh
20,950 kWh
 
Air to Air Electric Heat Pump
200%
$1,649
$0.157/kWh
10,500 kWh
 
Geothermal Heat Pump
300%
$1,099
$0.157/kWh
7,000 kWh
 
Corn Stove (bagged corn)
80%
$ 900
$300/ton
3 tons/107 bu
 
Wood Pellet Stove
80%
$   837
$279/ton
3 tons
 
Natural Gas Furnace
90%
$1,296
$1.63/therm
795 therms
 
Natural Gas Furnace
80%
$1,459
$1.63/therm
895 therms
 
Natural Gas Furnace
65%
$1,793
$1.63/therm
1,100 therms
 
Propane Furnace
90%
$2,951
$3.40/gal
868 gal
 
Propane Furnace
80%
$3,322
$3.40/gal
977 gal
 
Propane Furnace
65%
$4,087
$3.40/gal
1,202 gal
 
Oil Furnace
80%
$2,620
$4.03/gal
650 gal
 
Oil Furnace
65%
$3,168
$4.03/gal
786 gal
 
Kerosene Portable Heater
95%
$2,398
$4.05/gal
592 gal
 
Wood Stove
60%
$1,500
$250/cord
6 cords
 
Catalytic Wood Stove
75%
$1,250
$250/cord
5 cords
 
Wood Boiler (incl. hot water)
60%
$3,375
$250/cord
13.5 cords