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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.

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!

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