[Chambersburg, PA – March 3, 2011] - The recent protests in middle eastern nations such as Egypt, Libya and Tunisia has caused home heating oil prices to rise, spurring interest in alternate heating fuels. The volatile environment in Libya, where conflict continues as leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi refuses to step down despite international pressure and escalating violence, has prolonged uncertainty in the market. Oil prices continue to climb, while an already tight economy in the U.S. has homeowners concerned that they have enough heating oil to finish the season. Looking ahead, some analysts have predicted that oil prices could surge as high as $220 a barrel if Libya and Algeria were to halt oil production.
In response, many Americans are turning to new energy efficient heating systems that burn environmentally friendly, renewable fuels. The top choice for replacing traditional heating oil is wood burning stoves and furnaces, which burn a variety of wood and wood by-products. The New England states, Northwest and Northern Mid-West regions where wood is plentiful and harsh winters are common have seen the largest increase. Some pockets in the Northeast that are seeing a resurgence in coal heating, particularly northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York where hard anthracite coal is readily available.
Although the more recent furnaces and boilers are much more efficient than their forebears, only a handful of manufacturers currently produce models which exceed 90% efficiency. One of those manufacturers, Alternate Heating Systems, LLC, located in south central Pennsylvania, has produced the patented Wood Gun TM, one of the oldest names in wood gasification boilers, and also the Coal Gun TM, it’s high-efficiency coal burning counterpart for over 30 years.
“Our Wood Gun TM gasification technology process burns the wood so completely there are hardly any particulates released into the air. It’s been rated at 97% efficient.” comments Brian Wise of AHS. “This level of efficiency creates a huge cost savings in burning alternate fuels. Homeowners are finding that they can save up to 70% of their home heating costs with a hydronic heater and they have the option to completely eliminate the use of oil, natural gas or propane, or replace a large percentage of that usage with wood, biomass, or coal,“
High-efficiency alternate fuel hydronic heaters are more expensive than traditional furnaces, however they need less fuel to meet the same heat demand and those fuels are much cheaper which make these units able to pay for themselves over time and well worth the investment.
Wise believes the industry has a lot of room for growth due to the rising and unstable costs of oil, concerns over U.S. dependency on foreign products, and a growing environmentally conscious climate. “In Europe, wood burning heating sources have skyrocketed on both residential and commercial levels and there is a lot of potential here in the U.S.“
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About Alternate Heating Systems, LLC
Alternate Heating Systems, LLC, located at 1086 Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg, PA, is the manufacturer of the patented Wood Gun TM and Coal Gun TM boilers. For over 30 years they have been the leading names in high-quality alternate fuel heaters. The AHS product line includes wood, coal, waste oil, and multi-fuel boilers available for residential, commercial and industrial applications. They currently sell their products throughout the U.S., Canada, and internationally. For more information on Alternate Heating Solutions, LLC, and their products, go to http://www.AlternateHeatingSystems.com