When you’re trying to find ways to cut heating costs, look to the trees. Wood is the least expensive type of heating fuel, by far. Heating with a woodburner is an excellent way to lower expensive winter utility bills.
You can turn off central heating when you burn wood in an efficient wood stove or zero-clearance fireplace. If your image of a wood stove is a pot-bellied appliance that belches smoke, this is a great time for you to look at the sleek, efficient new models available today. Woodburners have heavy construction. With zero-clearance models, you can safely install woodburners next to combustibles and in small spaces of your home; professional installation is essential.
Wood stoves come in a wide variety of sizes. You can heat 400 square feet up to 3,000 square feet with a woodburner. It depends on several factors, how well your woodburner performs. The size of your home, the layout of the rooms, and the quality of home insulation all contribute to the effectiveness of your wood-burning appliance.
A proven way to reduce utility costs in winter is with zone heating, using your wood-burning appliances. Turn off central heating and keep a fire going in the room you’re in. Heating the entire home to a comfortable level is usually unnecessary, since certain rooms are spare rooms and others are only used at certain times of the day or night.
If your home doesn’t have an open layout, it’s possible to circulate warm air into other rooms using fans. The following are more ways to move the hot air from your wood-burning appliance:
· Make sure your ceiling fan direction is set to circulate hot air throughout the room.
· If you place a box fan facing your woodburner and turn it on low, more warmth will circulate as a result of a convection reaction.
· Installing open transoms over your doorways will allow heat to move freely from room to room.
Firewood can be practically free, if you have your own source of trees to harvest. A lot of work goes into chopping, hauling, splitting, and stacking firewood. Logs needs to dry out over a course of six months to a year, since trees are bursting with moisture when first cut. Even if you need to buy two or three cords of wood for winter, it is still a cheaper fuel source than electricity or gas.
Burning efficient fires using only seasoned firewood will help your firewood supply last longer, even while supplying a significant amount of heat for your home.
Being environmentally conscious is a very good thing. Through the years, burning wood began to be frowned upon for environmental reasons. It turns out firewood is an eco-friendly fuel. First, burning wood is carbon-neutral. Compared to fossil fuel use, using woodburners to heat your home can reduce carbon emissions by up to 95 percent. Secondly, wood is a sustainable fuel source, as long as trees are planted after others are felled. You can also confidently burn wood if you are using an appliance with a high efficiency rating. In the past few decades, innovative heating appliances have become available on the market. All of the most efficient modern wood-burning appliances release remarkably low levels of pollutants, such as particulate matter, into the air.
Contact us at Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces, if you’re ready to cut heating costs with an efficient woodburner. We have a wide selection of sizes and models for you to choose from. (416) 762-4582.