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Are Gas Stoves Expensive to Run?

Some of the most popular fireplace products on the market today are gas. They are highly efficient and great for zone heating. Many homeowners enjoy the convenience of a push-button start and a fast turn-off, as opposed to letting a wood fire burn out. Gas stoves are available in beautiful designs that retain the classic look of the traditional wood stove. However, they have fewer emissions, higher efficiency, and versatility in installation and design.

Upfront Costs

Compared with similar products, gas stoves are competitively priced. The installation cost depends on what is required for the product you choose and the space in which it’s installed. Vent free stoves don’t require ventilation access as part of installation. Of course, they’ll still need to be professionally installed, connected with gas line, and tested. Direct-vent stoves require an exterior wall. This is so that a vent can be installed to draw air in and vent it out. This limits where the stove can be located, and adds to the overall cost of installation. However, the benefits of the gas stove make it quite cost-effective.

Gas Stoves and Low Emissions

Gas burns cleaner than any available fuel. Therefore, it produces fewer emissions and in many cases may qualify you for a federal tax credit. It may not amount to much, but it would mean a $300 annual credit.

Gas Stoves are Highly Efficient

Once your gas stove is installed, you are able to control it with a simple switch or remote. The flame lights and turns off at your command, wasting no extra fuel to die down or burn while you’re away. Gas stoves are some of the most efficient home heating products on the market. They burn the fuel almost completely while producing consistent, high heat output. You can compare costs of your gas heat with other appliances in your home using this calculator.

Gas Stoves Cut Costs in Half

Gas stoves cost half as much as an electric heater would to create the same amount of heat. These savings add up annually! Even if your gas stove is just for entertaining and is supplemental to your central air and heat, the savings are substantial. If you live in an area that gets ice storms through the winter, you can run your gas stove to heat your home, saving money that you might have spent running a generator. The only product that maintains high-heat like a gas stove is a wood-burning one. However, burning wood means using a chimney or stovepipe, paying for annual maintenance for the chimney system, and for wood or the equipment to cut your own wood. When you factor in all of the added costs that are often overlooked, the gas stove wins out every time.

Are you looking to add a gas stove to your living space? You can find out all about gas stoves by calling The Cozy Flame today or by visiting our retail location in Milford, CT.

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Choose a Wood-Burning Insert

There are many reasons to upgrade your fireplace. You might be new to the property, and would like a new, beautiful fireplace. Maybe your fireplace is damaged, needing a complete fireplace rebuild, or maybe your home has a stove, and you’d rather have the traditional feel of a wood fireplace.

Why Choose the Insert

Higher Efficiency—When you choose a wood-burning insert you increase efficiency by up to 90%! Because they aren’t drafty or open like a traditional fireplace, they still retain the ambiance of one, without the waste.

Lower Labor Cost—You don’t have to pay for an expensive and lengthy fireplace rebuild. A wood-burning insert can be retrofitted into the existing fireplace and connected with your flue liner, as long as it’s appropriately sized.

An Easy Fireplace Face-lift—Wood-burning inserts come in a variety of designs. Since they’re a good choice for a remodel, your fireplace can change the look of an entire room.

Tax Credit—All Regency wood fireplace inserts are EPA certified and qualify for the U.S. Biomass Tax Credit. This is a $300 tax credit!

Regency Wood-Burning Inserts

At The Cozy Flame we sell the best wood-burning inserts on the market. The Regency wood fireplace insert is designed for a range of styles and sizes. Also, they can be installed into an existing stone/brick or factory-built/zero-clearance fireplace. All Regency fireplace inserts are high efficiency—featuring the most premier technologies to meet the highest standards.

Professional Installation

Your experience will only be as good as your installation. Therefore, only a certified chimney sweep should install all of these products in your home. It’s imperative that inserts are professionally installed and that the system is thoroughly inspected to insure that the chimney is in the best working condition to support the new wood burning insert.

The Cozy Flame partners with Total Chimney Care for professional installation of all of our products. With the help of our fireplace experts at The Cozy Flame and the certified chimney sweeps at Total Chimney Care, you can have the fireplace of your dreams today. With a wood-burning insert the fireplace of your dreams can be more efficient, produce more heat, and burn less wood.

You can view our wood-burning insert products here. For beautiful products and professional services, contact The Cozy Flame today. A fireplace expert is standing by.

Heating Tips For The Environmentally Conscious

When you think of going green, what comes to mind? Most of us think of ideas like turning off electronics when they aren’t in use, recycling, or lowering water consumption. However, few people realize that it is possible to be more “green” when you are heating your home!Heating Tips For The Environmentally Conscious - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame

Advances in efficiency in the fireplace industry – as well as a better understanding of how to conserve energy and avoid polluting – has made it more possible than ever to keep your home warm and welcoming without hurting the environment. The following four tips can help you heat your home in an environmentally conscious way.

1. Purchase a new high efficiency heating appliance

In recent years, fireplaces, inserts, and stoves have become more efficient than ever; many new appliances can provide the same amount of heat while maximizing the amount of fuel that is burned and minimizing the amount of air pollution created. Because of this, if you have a heating appliance that is more than a few years old, you may want to investigate purchasing a new, high efficiency  model.

Buying a high efficiency stove may also be able to help you on your taxes. Homeowners who purchase a qualifying high efficiency wood stove can receive up to a $300 tax credit as well as enjoy the benefits of a new, more efficient heat source in their home.

2. Burn a renewable fuel source

While propane and gas create extremely efficient heat, they are also non-renewable fuel sources. Instead, consider switching to a heating appliance that burns a biomass fuel, or a fuel source that is derived from a renewable and sustainable source. Examples of renewable biomass fuels include wood, corn, and pellets; pellets are often considered the most “green” fuel source because they are made from small pieces of wood and sawdust that would normally be discarded.

3. Burn wood wisely

If you have a wood burning heating appliance, the firewood you choose and how you burn it can have an impact on your fireplace’s environmental impact. To reduce air pollutants burn only seasoned firewood; green or freshly cut wood can create significantly more smoke – and affect the air quality more – than seasoned wood. Likewise, avoid burning plastics, Styrofoam, paper products, or other trash in your fireplace or stove. While it may seem like an easy way to get rid of garbage, even burning small amounts can release toxic chemicals into the air – as well as cause damage to your fireplace, stove, or chimney.

4. Zone heat your home

Most people use less than 40% of their homes on a daily basis; if you are turning up your thermostat to heat the whole house, you may be spending too much for heating! Instead of heating rooms that no one is in, consider using a fireplace or stove for zone heating. Zone heating allows you to turn down your central thermostat for the entire home while the fireplace heats the rooms that are being used. Zone heating can help reduce energy bills by as much as 20-40%!

By being more environmentally conscious in how we heat our homes, we can reduce pollution and improve air quality – as well as save money! Contact The Cozy Flame today to learn more about our EPA certified high efficiency heating appliances as well as other ways you can “go green” with your fireplace or stove.

How do Old Stoves Compare to Modern EPA Stoves?

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.

Napoleon 1100PL EPA Rated Wood Stove - Milford CT - The Cozy Flame

Napoleon 1100PL Leg Model (EPA Certified)

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.

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What is a Pellet Stove?

Do you want to get the most out of your money? Consider a pellet stove as your heating appliance. It can significantly cut the costs and save energy.

Do you want to get the most out of your money? Consider a pellet stove as your heating appliance. It can significantly cut the costs and save energy.

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.

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