Increasing Energy Efficiency With a Wood Stove
Are you looking for an easy and economical way to stay warm in the winter and offset some of the high costs of traditional home heating? Then you should consider the value of a modern wood stove.
We say “modern,” because today’s stoves are a far cry from the smoky, inefficient stoves that come to mind when some people think of wood stoves. If you’re not interested in using a fireplace and don’t want to go with electric space heaters, a fine wood stove is probably your answer.
Stoves from top manufacturers such as Stuv, Regency and Morso can be set up and running in just a few hours. Estimates on how much you’ll save on heating costs range from $65 to more than $250 per year. And because all wood stoves for sale today meet or exceed governmental emissions guidelines, you’ll be heating in a way that leaves virtually no carbon footprint on the environment.
Zone heating with a wood stove
The stoves you’ll see in a hearth store showroom run the gamut from smaller models that are ideal for kitchens or family rooms to large, powerful units capable of heating some entire homes. Because the installation of a wood stove doesn’t involve the venting issues common with fireplaces, you can place a stove just about anywhere in the home for highly efficient zone heating.
No need for a pot belly
Some folks love the “traditional” pot-bellied stove. Perhaps it brings them back to the days in Grandma’s kitchen, where a big stove was always fired up in the winter to take off the chill. But wood stoves today come in a variety of aesthetically pleasing designs with modern looks that bring a tasteful accent to any room. The pot belly design is just one of many options.
Wood stoves vs. gas stoves
In choosing between a wood stove and a gas stove, people have their own reasons for going with wood. One big reason is that if there’s a breakdown of the power grid or natural gas supply, as long as there’s a supply of logs, nobody freezes. Plus there’s just something about the crackling of wood and the dancing flames of a real, authentic fire. If you’re a person who likes nature and heads toward more natural living, a wood stove might be a perfect investment.
Although like with any wood-burning appliance, a certain amount of care and maintenance is required, most homeowners find it much easier to care for a wood stove than a large fireplace.
In making a decision to purchase a new wood stove, talk with the experts first. The staff at Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto will be happy to answer your questions and help you determine if a wood stove would be a good choice for you.
Stop by our showroom at 3322 Dundas Street West. If you have questions, we’re always available by phone at (416) 762-4582.