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What is Zone Heating and How can it Save on Energy Bills?

What is Zone Heating and How Can It Save on Energy Bills - Fairfield New Haven CT - Total Chimney CareKeeping your home warm in the winter is a significant expense for most homeowners. However, because many people are not home all day or do not use every area of their home they feel as if they are throwing their money away to keep their whole home warm all winter.

One alternative solution to using your furnace to heat your whole house is zone heating. Zone heating is an excellent way to help you save on energy ills while still keeping you and your family comfortable and warm all winter long.

What is zone heating?

Zone heating “puts the heat where you need it” by warming only certain rooms or areas of a house at a time. While a traditional furnace cycles on and off throughout the day to heat the entire house, a zone heating system heats a few rooms at a time at selected times. This prevents rooms – like bedrooms – from being warmed when no one is using them. With a zone heating system, for example, you could heat your living or family room during the day before switching to the bedrooms at night, ensuring now unoccupied rooms are being unnecessarily warmed.

Benefits of zone heating

The primary benefit of zone heating is energy savings. When you use your furnace to heat your home, it is impossible to control what specific parts of your home are being heated. Because of this, parts of your home are being heated even when no one is using them; this is the same as throwing money away into the furnace.

Zone heating, on the other hand, lets you control which areas of you home are being heated at what times. This allows you to concentrate on only heating areas of your home when you are using them, allowing you to set the thermostat to a lower overall temperature. This can significantly reduce energy costs, especially during the increased rates that often occur in the winter.

Why use gas for zone heating?

While zone heating can be accomplished with a regular furnace, one of the best ways to heat your home in this way is with the use of a supplemental gas heater. There are a number of reasons why gas is the ideal choice for zone heating.

  • Convenience: Using a gas heating appliance is as easy as flipping a switch. This is much easier than the work and upkeep required when using a wood burning fireplace.
  • Dependability: If your home loses power in bad weather, you will not be left in the cold. During power outages, gas heating appliances will continue to work, keeping your family warm and comfortable until power is restored.
  • Economy: Gas is consistently one of the cheapest fuel sources. Likewise, gas appliances require very little regular maintenance, reducing upkeep fees.
  • Efficiency: Modern gas heaters are extremely efficient. This means that the fuel being burned goes directly to heating your home rather than being lost in the combustion process.

Zone heating is an excellent way to heat your home while also saving your family money. For more information on how a gas heating appliance can be used to create zone heating in your home, contact The Cozy Flame  today!

All About Gas Logs

All About Gas Logs

A popular, energy-efficient way to convert a wood-burning fireplace to gas fuel, gas logs are more economical than gas fireplace inserts, and these logs require less time to install as well. A roaring fire without any hassle, some sets of gas logs are so convenient that you can use a remote control to adjust the flame. In the past, artificial fireplace logs looked so unrealistic that no one was tricked into believing he was looking at a wood-burning fire. Forget those plastic-looking logs from the 1970’s; when you see a fire burning using the Hargrove gas logs sets you will find at The Cozy Flame, you may have to remind yourself that you are not watching flaming logs of wood. Our Comfort Consultants in the showroom at The Cozy Flame would like to tell you more about gas logs and how they can heat your house with some help from the experts at the Chimney Institute of America (CSIA).

There are two different kinds of gas log appliances. If you have more questions after reading this post, please feel free to call us.

There are two different kinds of gas log appliances. If you have more questions after reading this post, please feel free to call us.

The most important things to know when you are shopping for gas logs include what the two different types are and what makes these two types different:

  1. vented gas logs Also known as the “yellow flame” gas logs, a working chimney with the approval to use gas to fuel its fireplace is required to install this type of gas logs. Producing a beautiful, realistic fire, the flame provided by vented gas logs is quite often mistaken as a wood-burning fire. The heat output of this type of gas logs is also comparable to a wood-fueled fire as part of it exits through the chimney, so it is not as strong as the other type of gas logs. Venting by-products like soot and carbon out via the chimney, the CSIA recommends you have your chimney swept annually as proper and safe maintenance.
  2. vent-free gas logs If you have heard someone talking about “blue flame” gas logs, he or she is talking about this type of gas logs. As is named “vent-free,” this type of gas logs needs no ventilation and can be installed almost anywhere in your home, as long as it meets the codes of your town. Your local codes are particularly important if you want to use vent-free logs to heat your home because in certain parts of the country, you cannot legally use this type of gas logs, due to the effects it has on the indoor air quality of your house. While the appearance of the vent-free gas logs fire is not as realistic as one of the other type, the “blue flame” fire provides much more heat than a “yellow flame” fire ever possibly could. Approved for installation in a wood-burning fireplace with its damper closed, the Cozy Flame can also install a separate firebox cabinet which is approved for use without a chimney for these gas logs.

If you have any more questions about gas logs and which type is right for your home, contact The Cozy Flame today. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you in choosing your best set of Hargrove gas logs.

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