With rising electricity and gas costs, many homeowners are turning their attention to alternate heating options for their home. Traditional woodstoves have been a popular choice for generations, providing warmth for the whole home, but is there another alternative? Pellet stoves are gaining in popularity because of their low cost, their low maintenance, and their lower impact on the environment. Let’s look at some of the reasons why a pellet stove may just be the best option for your home’s heating needs.
Gas and electricity costs continue to rise, making it difficult for homeowners to heat their homes and pay the bills. Considering an alternative heating option can be a lifesaver for homeowners whose energy bills are too high. Pellet stoves use small pellets composed of wood “leftovers” that burn efficiently producing a great deal of heat for relatively low cost. While pellets are more costly to purchase than wood for wood stoves, the low upkeep of the pellet stove should be taken into consideration when weighing your options.
Pellet stoves are eco-friendly in that the pellets are made up of wood waste, such as sawdust, small wood chips, nut shells, etc. These pellets also burn cleanly, producing next to no smoke or carbon emissions. Because of the lack of waste and emissions, some units do not even require outside ventilation, unlike a wood stove which does require this.
Pellet stoves, unlike wood stoves, do require a small amount of electricity to run, but because of this they require less maintenance. Wood stoves must be manually filled and tended to more frequently than pellet stoves, which normally can burn all day without much assistance. Additionally, because they burn so clean, there is less creosote buildup than in a wood stove. Pellet stoves do require regular maintenance of the fans and motors, just to make sure everything is working as it should.
A pellet stove can be a great addition to your home if you are looking to lower your heating bill while still keeping upkeep and maintenance time and cost as low as possible. If you are environmentally conscious, or you just want a low maintenance alternative, a pellet stove may be perfect for your home! At Fireside, we are experts in both wood stoves and pellet stoves and would love to answer any questions you have. If you are considering alternative heating options, give us a call today!