Fireplaces are an extremely sought after home feature! According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 40% of potential buyers are willing to pay more for a home with a fireplace. Why? Fireplaces keep you and your family comfortable. In addition, they also serve as a focal point in any room while creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
However, not all fireplaces are created equal. Traditional open hearth masonry fireplaces create a welcoming ambiance. Having said that, they are also the most inefficient heating appliance on the market. These fireplaces lose as much as 90% of the heat they create up the flue. This means that it often costs more money to create less heat in your home. Also, it means that masonry fireplaces are typically not viable as a primary heat source in your home.
So, how can you enjoy the ambiance and atmosphere created by a masonry fireplace, without losing money on an inefficient heat source? Easily answered. Homeowners should consider to switching to a pellet or wood stove insert. These efficient heating appliances can often be installed into existing masonry fireplaces. This makes it easier than ever for you to start saving money with a new insert.
Pellet stoves and inserts.
If you’ve dismissed getting a pellet stove or insert in the past, now may be the perfect time to reconsider. Modern pellet stoves operate with between 75 and 90 percent efficiency. Plus, they have a unique size and shape of pellets. Thus, they are able to burn more completely than cordwood while still giving off the heat and aroma of a real wood fire.
Pellet stoves and inserts are also considered a more environmentally friendly heating option. Pellets are made using recycled wood, sawdust, and wood chips that are too small to be used in other ways. So it also helps reduce waste. Likewise, burning pellets creates 2-5 times less particulate emissions and smoke compared to wood-burning stoves. This makes them a good choice for family members with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems.
Wood stoves and inserts.
Wood stoves are not just for log cabins anymore. These heating appliances have taken the leap into the 21st century and are now more clean-burning, efficient, and stylish than ever before. Whether you are looking for a contemporary design or a more rustic look, there is a wood stove to fit every home!
Wood stoves and inserts can be used as a supplemental heat source in your home. This is especially popular when zone heating, or the process of saving money by heating only the rooms you use in your home. Many homeowners find that their wood stoves allow them to heat several rooms. Which, in turn, allows them to save money by only minimally using their furnace.
Do you love the look and feel of a wood burning fire but hate the loss of heat and inefficiency? Consider switching to an energy efficient pellet insert or wood stove. For more information on how these appliances can transform how you heat your home, contact ChimneyTEK today!