Electric resistance heating may seem energy-efficient. Electric baseboards and other resistance heaters can convert 100 percent of the electric energy to heat energy. However, the high price of electricity makes it a cost-prohibitive heating option for most homeowners.
In moderate climates, electricity can provide energy-efficient and inexpensive heating and cooling. Electric heat pumps essentially draw heat from the outside air into your cold home during the winter. The process is reversed in the summer. These systems will not provide enough comfort in extreme summer heat or areas with extended periods of below-freezing weather. However, in mild climates, heat pumps can produce up to 400 percent of the energy they consume.
A wide range of heating systems exists beyond the traditional furnace. Explore your options and find the most efficient and attractive system for your budget and climate.