Are you looking to save money by installing an alternate heating source to your home? If so, look no farther than a wood stove! Even if you’ve had experience with wood stoves in the past, you may be thinking that they aren’t really that efficient or effective at helping to heat your home. If that’s the case, you need to take a look at stoves that are now available. The wood stoves that are on the market today have been upgraded to be efficient. In addition, it will save you money on your heating bills!
Today’s wood stoves are so much more efficient than the former models. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, catalytic stoves now have an efficiency rate of up to 83% higher heating value. Not to mention, the non-catalytic combustion stoves can have an efficiency between 65% and 75% higher heating value. This means that your heating bills will be lower, and that’s good news for you and your pocketbook!
Environmental Protection Agency Standards
You may also have heard that wood stoves have a negative effect on the environment. That again is a problem that has been improved. According to the EPA, “each wood heater manufactured, imported into the United States, and/or sold at retail on or after May 15, 2015 must be certified to not discharge into the atmosphere any gases that contain particulate matter in excess of a weighted average of 4.5 g/hr.”
In order to install a wood burning stove, you need to have a chimney to vent it. Don’t have a chimney? No worries – they can install one when they install your stove. There are different types of chimneys that can be installed. However, the one you choose will depend on the stove you purchase and the home you own. You should try to have as few turns and bends in the chimney as possible. Also, if you can, have it installed in the center of your home to avoid heat loss.
Finding a Heat Source
One of the biggest pros of a wood burning stove? The availability of the heating source: wood. It’s pretty easy to find wood to chop if that’s your thing; if not, it’s easy to find places to buy cut wood – just check out your local home improvement store.
Beyond the normal cleanings that you do when you burn a fire in your wood burning stove, it is also recommended that you have your stove inspected and cleaned on an annual basis by a certified chimney sweep.
Although the process of installing a wood burning stove might seem like a simple process, in truth it’s one that is best left to the professionals – like the expert technicians at Jiminy Chimney Masonry and Repair. They’ll be able to advise you on the best possible stove for your home and your individual needs and install it properly. Give them a call today to have your new wood stove up and working by winter!