Stoves can be an excellent primary or supplementary heating source during the cold months of winter. These appliances may seem old fashioned to some, but now come in a variety of contemporary styles. Likewise, many cabins and homes continue to use old stoves that have lasted for several decades or more.
Some homeowners may not see the difference between more modern stoves and their older, well used models. However, despite the fact that they still produce heat and warmth, many old stoves are severely lacking in one area: efficiency.
Modern stoves are certified by the EPA, giving homeowners peace of mind that they have purchased an appliance that has a minimal impact on the environment. While they might seem indistinguishable, like this Napoleon 1100PL model, there are several major differences between old stoves and modern, EPA certified stoves.
What are EPA certifications?
To help improve air quality and minimize pollution, the EPA has created regulatory emission requirements for heating appliances. This includes stoves, fireplaces, and inserts that burn a variety of fuel sources.
Currently, only stoves that burn wood or pellets are required to receive EPA certifications. New versions of these appliances are required to be EPA certified because it is easy to measure the amount of smoke and particulate emissions they create.
Other heating appliances such as fireplaces or outdoor boilers cannot be EPA certified because their emissions are harder to measure. Instead, fireplaces and outdoor boilers can receive EPA qualifications. An EPA qualified appliance has voluntarily met emissions standards set by the EPA. EPA qualified appliances will burn more efficiently than their non-qualified counterparts.
How do I know if my stove is EPA certified?
If your home has an existing wood burning stove, you may be wondering if it is EPA certified. EPA certified wood burning stoves will be labeled with a tag, usually on the back of the stove, which indicates it has met certification standards. The EPA has also compiled a list of certified stoves to allow homeowners who cannot find their appliance’s certification label to check the status of their stove.
Likewise, homeowners should check to see if their stove has received any additional efficiency or safety certifications. Groups such as Underwriters Laboratories will provide certifications to stoves that meet or exceed their safety requirements. Stoves with safety certifications may be more ideal heating appliances for families with small children or pets who may come in contact with the stove.
What are the benefits of an EPA certified stove?
Homeowners that own existing stoves that still function well may not see the benefit in spending the money to upgrade to a newer, EPA certified appliance. The main benefit of upgrading to an EPA certified stove is efficiency. Non-certified stoves can produce as much as 30 grams of smoke per hour, whereas new certified models produce as little as 2 grams. Certified stoves also produce less smoke and particulate emission, improving air quality for you, your family, and your community.
If you are ready to upgrade your old stove to a modern, EPA certified model, contact The Cozy Flame today. Our expert staff will help you find the stove that meets your family’s budget, style, and heating needs.