Hot-Air Alternative Heating System Study - Hot Air Distribution

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Date: 
2009
Volume: 
21
Number: 
2
Tip Category: 
Alternative energy
Energy conservation
Heating systems

Over the past decade substantial strides had been made by the broiler industry in reducing overall broiler house fuel usage. With the advent of totally-enclosed houses, circulation fans, radiant heaters, attic inlets, modern controllers, and the increasing popularity of wide houses, propane usage on many farms has been decreased by 50% or more. The problem is that even though fuel usage may have decreased, overall heating costs have increased due to the simple fact that the cost of propane has more than doubled in the past ten years. It is becoming increasingly apparent to many producers that if they want to gain even more control over their heating costs they need to have more flexibility in the type of fuel used to heat their houses, hence the rising interest in alternative heating systems.