There is a reason why wood stoves are a popular heating option. They come in a variety of sizes, and can be compact enough to fit in even a tiny room. They are flexible in terms of location, and can be installed almost anywhere (provided there is a way to route the chimney.) And when it comes to energy efficient heating, they are gentle on the wallet – and can actually save you money!
Running a central heater all winter long can lead to some truly chilling utility bills. Research shows that the annual heating costs arising from electric, fuel oil, or gas furnaces can be dramatically cut (by up to 40%) simply by switching to a modern, wood-burning stove. Instead of keeping your entire home constantly heated by a furnace, strategically install a wood-burning stove so that it warms the rooms most frequently occupied. A truly efficient stove will be able to warm even a very large room, and the energy conservation features of modern homes makes it possible to heat the average-sized house with a single, properly used, well-positioned stove. This is especially true of homes with open floor plans.
Your wood stove should ideally be installed on the main floor in an area close to the kitchen and living room, or whichever part of your home you spend the most time in. For extra warmth and mobility, consider installing one on each floor.
If you already had a wood stove installed prior to 1990, it is recommended that you replace it with a modern wood stove. These new stoves are 50% more energy efficient, require far less wood to generate the same amount of heat, and, most importantly, produce less creosote buildup. Excessive creosote buildup can lead to chimney fires, so upgrading your stove is not only a great way to update the look of your home, but also an important step to protecting your loved ones.
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