Sharp increases in energy costs are causing many homeowners to consider new strategies to help reduce the costs of heating their homes. Many of these homeowners have previously relied on just one central heating system to keep all interior living spaces of the home at the desired temperature, even during the coldest days of winter. 

While central heating provided from a properly sized, efficiently operating HVAC system can provide complete comfort throughout the home, it may be more costly than the use of more targeted supplement heat sources. If you are wondering whether you should consider adding one or more supplemental heat sources to your home before the next heating season, here are three potential benefits you might enjoy by doing so. 

Supplemental heat meets specific heating needs

Most families use some rooms of their homes much more than others. For instance, most families tend to gather in their kitchens and family rooms, using their bedrooms only at night. Guest rooms, formal dining rooms, home offices, and basement rec rooms are often used only at specific times, yet all areas are constantly kept to the desired temperature by the home's central heating system. 

When supplemental heat sources are added to the home, homeowners can reduce the thermostat settings by a significant degree while utilizing supplemental heat to provide comfort for specific rooms or areas of the home. Over a period of time, the ability to keep the main HVAC thermostat setting several degrees lower can result in real savings on the amount of energy the home requires for heating purposes.  

Supplemental heat can extend the lifespan of your HVAC system

Another reason to consider adding one or more supplemental heat sources to your home is to increase the lifespan of your current HVAC system. When central heating thermostat settings are lowered, the mechanical parts and electrical connections found in the HVAC components will receive less usage and wear, often making them able to last much longer than those found in an HVAC system with higher usage demands. 

Supplemental heat can keep you comfortable during a power outage

Electrical system blackouts, along with severe winter weather, are sources of frequent power outages that can force homeowners to deal with a total lack of heat in their homes. Homeowners who choose to include at least one type of supplemental heat that does not rely on electricity to function are helping to ensure that their family will be safe and comfortable, even during a lengthy power outage. 

If you are ready to consider the addition of supplemental heat sources to your home, discussing your options with a residential heating contractor is an excellent first step.