It’s not really anything new, but some might say it’s become a bit of a hot topic. Interest in wood pellet heat is growing once again as oil prices have steadily increased in recent years. While pellet stoves require up front costs and are not recommended as a standalone heating source, the savings are substantial and allow homeowners to cut their overall energy usage and costs. Continue reading to see why adding a pellet stove in your home could be a huge money saver for you.
Why Should I Choose a Pellet Stove?
In colder climates, heating costs account for approximately one-third of a homeowner’s annual utility bill. As a result, many homeowners are seeking more economical ways to stay warm during the cold-weather months. Freestanding pellet stoves are an increasingly popular solution for homeowners, as they create a small fraction of the ash produced by an older wood-burning stove or fireplace, so cleaning s much less frequent. If used daily, you’d find yourself having to empty the ashpan once a week.
How Does a Pellet Stove Work?
They look like traditional woodstoves but operate more like a modern furnace. You need only fill the stove’s hopper with pellets made from compacted sawdust, set its thermostat, sit back, and get cozy. A mechanical auger deposits the pellets into a burn pot, where they are incinerated at such a high temperature that they create no vent-clogging creosote and very little ash or emissions, which keeps both indoor and outdoor air cleaner. The best part is that they are about twice as efficient at warming your home as older woodstoves that have not been certified by the EPA and are vastly more efficient than fireplaces.
Is a Pellet Stove a Good Option for my Home?
Depending on your home’s size and layout, a pellet stove could supplement the current heating system or be used as the sole source. And, despite its workhorse reputation, pellet stoves come in a variety of designs to complement any interior style. Unless you’re comfortable with cutting holes in your house for the venting, however, it is best to leave the installation to a professional. Pipes can run horizontally out an exterior wall, vertically through the roof, or up the chimney if adding an insert.
Pellet stoves are a great way to heat your home. The beauty of a fire, with the added advantages of a pellet stove (e.g., better efficiency). With the fluctuating costs of home heating oil, a new pellet stove might very well pay for itself in one heating season. Whether you prefer the convenience of researching products online or getting up close and personal with potential new additions for your home, the Comfort Consultants at The Cozy Flame have you covered. Give us a call at (203) 283-4459 or stop in and visit our showroom today.