In a bind about winter heating

The way I see it, I have another three months to make a decision, so I will take as much time as I need to figure it out.

  • On one hand, this is something that needs to be done, but on the other hand it will cost me a lot of money which I do not have.

I am trying to think outside the box, as the kids like to say, and figure out a way to make it work without much money. I have consulted with three different contractors, and the lowest bid I got for repairing my heating system was still double my budget. Without a central HVAC system in play, I won’t be able to live in this house come winter. The winter weather gets too cold around here, for too long, and having a steady heating source is a requirement for survival. So now you see my predicament, because I need a heating system but can’t afford what I have looked at so far. I might get a wood burning furnace, which will be excellent for heating up one room, but won’t be able to heat the whole house. It would be even cheaper to buy a series of space heaters of various sizes, for the different rooms I use. I know that in the long run space heaters will use up more energy and cost me more money. One way or the other I will need some heating, but none of the available options seem like the right choice, so I don’t know what I should do.

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