A New Way of Heating Your Home May Provide the Back-to-School Savings You Seek
If you’re no stranger to back-to-school shopping, you know the importance of setting a budget at the beginning, and finding the right deals to make sure your kids have everything they need for the upcoming year. You could also do well in extending that budget-minded approach to evaluating your home heating options as the chilly air begins to move in.
Pellet furnaces, pellet stoves and a new class of efficient fireplaces offer great alternatives for heating either your whole home or a portion of it. Whether you are replacing an older and less efficient fireplace or are interested in using pellet heat as an alternative to your current home heating system, it’s possible to quickly recoup the money you spend on a new system.
Stoves pay for themselves
By using our fuel calculator, you can determine how much you may be able to save compared to the type of heat you currently use. And now is as good a time as ever to consider purchasing a new heating system, as you’ll be able to reap the savings all winter long.
Wood heat has long been an option for those who like being able to source their fuel locally and heat their homes without having to rely on the power company for their heating needs. However, only recently have wood stoves and fireplaces reached efficiency levels that compare favorably with other sources like natural gas, electric heat and propane – thanks to new designs and the availability of pellets that burn more efficiently than cord wood. Never before has it made so much sense economically to turn to wood or pellet heat.
No hearth and chimney required
Another reason wood and pellet heat has become more economical is that today’s (power vented or direct vented) stoves, fireplaces and fireplace inserts don’t require installing chimney or hearth. Eliminating the need for expensive stone or brick masonry work, stoves and fireplaces are now constructed with heat-tempering materials so they can be placed inside walls or stand freely with less complicating systems for exhaust removal.
As you’re shopping for fireplaces, wood fireplace inserts and stoves, you’ll likely come across the term zero-clearance. So what does it mean? A zero-clearance wood burning fireplace, or any other zero-clearance wood or pellet fireplace insert or stove, can be placed next to any other material in your wall without the need for stone or another shielding material as a buffer.
It’s that ability that allows you to save on otherwise expensive work that would need to be done to install your fireplace. So while you may have thought you needed an existing hearth to accommodate a wood or pellet fireplace insert, it’s possible that one could be installed into an existing wall, assuming there’s space to accommodate it. Fireplace inserts are also attractive because they won’t cause you to lose any existing floor space, since they can be installed so they are flush with the surface of the wall.
Now is the perfect time to find the stove, fireplace or insert that best fits your home and lifestyle, and you can begin to watch the savings roll in as soon as the weather cools. Take a look at our products to see how wood and pellet heat can get you on the path to energy independence.