You’re finally achieving your dream of building a cabin by the lake and are drawing up the final design plans. You’ll have several choices when it comes to how you’ll heat your cabin. If you’re interested in a rustic approach, a wood-burning stove may be your preferred option. But if you’d like something a little more modern, here are some other choices to consider. A heating service can advise you as to the best options in the area where your cabin resides.
This furnace uses gas filled tubes that, when ignited, produce flames to heat the air in an exchange box. Once the air is hot enough, it is circulated through the cabin using a blower to push the air through a number of vents. Natural gas from a pipeline to the house is used with most furnaces. If natural gas is not available in the area, propane gas can be delivered to the cabin and stored in large tanks on the property. Except for changing the filter, maintenance of a gas furnace should be done by a heating repair service.
This furnace uses electric coils to heat the air in the exchange box. A blower distributes the warm air through the cabin. As with the gas furnace, you can change the filter but should leave other maintenance to the heating service.
This furnace produces a fine mist of heating oil which is sent to a burner and ignited in a combustion chamber. The chamber heats the air which is circulated through the cabin. The oil to air ratios in the burner must be precise, so all maintenance should be left to an oil furnace heating specialist. This may be an option in parts of the country where heating oil is less expensive than gas and electricity.
This uses no fuel and heats your cabin by drawing heat into it from the ground. Condenser coils are used to compress the heat, making it warmer, before it is sent through the cabin. Heat pumps are useful in areas where the temperatures are mild throughout the year. If the temperatures ever get to freezing, a backup oil, gas or electric system is useful.
Grids of tubes are placed under the floor in your cabin. Warm water from your water heater or another heater is circulated through the tubes. This warms the air near the floor which slowly rises to warm the rest of the room. Unlike the forced air furnaces, the room is warmed evenly with no hot or cold spots. A heating service needs to install this type of heat because there will be different requirements for the floor material to support the hydronic heating.
Making the Best Choice for Your Cabin
Check on the costs of running each type of heating in your cabin. The availability of qualified heating specialists in the area and the types of fuel locally will also influence your choice.