Wood Stoves: Why You Want Them and Why You Need Them
Been wondering if a wood stove or fireplace is right for you? Here is some information you can use to make a good decision for you and your family.
There are five reasons people buy wood stoves. We’ll discuss each one:
- Save Money
- Increased Comfort
- Going Green
- Electricity Independence
- Beautify the Family or Living Room
Cost Savings With Wood Stoves
Let’s take a look at the money aspect. Wood heat is low cost heat- wood just cost less per BTU than other fuels or electricity does. And it’s free for those who like to cut their own wood of course. Another reason it costs less to heat with wood is the “zone heating” aspect. Most people find they can heat the area they like with a woodstove and let the rest of the house be cooler. If effect, you just don’t waste energy dollars heating areas you aren’t using.
Today’s stoves are efficient heaters too: often as efficient as your gas or oil furnace in fact. The manufacturers of wood stoves spend huge amounts of money on designers and engineers to make sure they get maximum heating efficiency, as well as keeping particle emissions at all-time lows.
How Much More Comfortable Can You Be?
And increased comfort? Many of us with heat pumps and forced hot air systems know that even though our thermostats say we’re supposed to be comfortable, we aren’t. The radiant heat of a wood stove truly warms in a way that hot air systems can’t. And again, you can make the room with the wood stove or insert as warm as you like, probably much warmer than you’d ever heat it from the thermostat.
A Great Green Heating Solution
The “green aspect” hardly needs explanation. Wood is a renewable and easily obtained source for burning. There’s a zero-sum impact in carbon emission as well. When a tree falls in the woods and takes 50 years to completely rot away, ever so slowly it gives off heat, water and CO2, and leaves its mineral content in the forest. When you burn wood the exact same thing happens only obviously very quickly. No additional-anything is produced. (Keep in mind those minerals are in the partly form of ash and what’s commonly called creosote– which can stick to the inside of the chimney. That’s why there are chimney sweeps!)
One of the great advantages of wood heating is having heat when there is no power. There’s not much more satisfying than being warm and happy around your wood stove when all the lights in the neighborhood are out. You’ll have that pioneer feeling, as you should. You thought ahead.
Finally, today’s wood heating appliances are designed for beauty. A wood stove or fireplace insert can be the focal point of the room. Regardless of your taste, there’s a stove designed for you. In fact, it’s difficult to find ugly stoves or inserts nowadays. So many beautiful stoves… so few rooms in which to install them…