Sitting in front of a crackling fire may be your favorite wintertime activity. Unfortunately, a traditional fireplace isn’t only an inefficient heating source but can also create high levels of smoke, both inside and outside your home. Never fear, there is an alternative! According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), an energy-saving wood or pellet insert lets you transform your existing hearth into a super-efficient heater that can cut your energy bills.
BENEFITS OF WOOD STOVES
For a cozy home this winter, nothing quite has the advantages of a wood stove. The fuel is economical and ecological, the look is attractive, and the heat is warm. In fact, most people who have lived in a home heated by wood say that wood heat is warmer than other kinds of heat. That may seem impossible, but wood heat really does make for a comfortable home during the winter. One of the major benefits of wood stoves is the fact that wood is much cheaper to buy than other heating fuels. With the constant fluctuation of oil prices, the fact that propane gas is now one of the most expensive fuels, and the fact that electricity has always been one of the most expensive ways to heat your home, you can’t go wrong with a wood stove. When all else fails, we are assured of staying warm with wood heat.
BENEFITS OF FIREPLACE INSERTS
If a freestanding wood stove is impractical for your particular application, you can opt for a wood-burning insert (essentially a wood stove minus the legs) that slides into your existing masonry or metal fireplace and burns real logs. Inserts generally run in the $3,000-$4,000 range, including installation and a chimney liner.
The increased efficiency of fireplace inserts makes them a great alternative heating system for your home. New fireplace inserts can heat a room three times longer with the same number of logs than an old-fashioned fireplace. The reason for this is that old-fashioned fireplaces have open hearths that draw heated air into the fire which causes it to burn faster at a much lower temperature (hence the reason the overall efficiency rating of traditional fireplaces is between 5% and 10%.
In contrast, fireplace inserts have an airtight, sealed door and high temperature after burn technology, which allows the wood to burn slower and much hotter (hence the reason the overall efficiency rating of fireplace inserts ranges from 65%-80% depending on the age and type of insert). They can reduce your heating bills further because they provide more insulation for your home and solve downdraft problems. The added insulation allows less heat to escape during winter and keeps cool air in during summer, thereby lowering the cost of heating and cooling your home even further.
BENEFITS OF MODERN WOOD FIREPLACES
Fireplaces are favorite features of many homebuyers. They are creature comforts that add an extra touch of architectural vitality to a home, both inside and out. Sometimes you just can’t beat the feeling you get from sitting in front of a fire in an open hearth. It provides a romantic setting unmatched by any alternatives. As electricity costs continue to rise, fireplaces are seeing resurgence in popularity as a primary heating source, as it costs less to purchase firewood than to heat your home using utilities that rely solely on fossil fuels.
Whatever your final choice may be, you can’t go wrong with a high-quality wood-burning appliance. Owens Chimney Systems has the knowledge and expertise it takes to do the job right the first time. We are committed to customer service and dedicated to customer satisfaction. Whether you’re looking to heat a large space or a small one, you’re sure to find the perfect product in our quality collection.