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Now is the time to consider a new alternative heating appliance

January brings the coldest temperatures of the year in Michigan, making now the perfect time to look for a new alternative heating appliance. A new fireplace, fireplace inserts or heating stove can help keep your home warmer during winter’s coldest weather and help you save money on your home heating bills.

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A fireplace, fireplace insert or heating stove can keep your home cozy — while keeping your energy costs lower — during cold weather months. In addition to running on cheaper alternative fuels like wood, pellets or gas, heating appliances can help you focus your heating budget on the rooms you use most. When you place a fireplace or stove in the most lived-in rooms of your house, you can turn the thermostat down for the rooms you use less, lowering your overall heating bills.

Today’s EPA-certified fireplaces, fireplace inserts and stoves also can help you lower your carbon footprint and increase your home’s efficiency. Home heating appliances can be up to 99 percent efficient. When you select a wood-burning appliance or a pellet stove, you can rely on a renewable, carbon-neutral heating source to help heat your home.

Selecting a home heating appliance

Options abound when selecting a home heating appliance, and you’ll have several factors to consider when choosing the best option for your home. First, consider location. If you have an existing open-hearth fireplace, you may want to consider a gas, wood-burning or pellet fireplace insert to return more heat to your home and reduce the amount of pollution put out by your fireplace. If you do not have an existing fireplace space, a freestanding stove could be added to your main living space. If you are unable to run a chimney or ventilation pipe to that room, there are vent-free stove options.

You also will need to determine what type of fuel you would to use to help heat your home. For a traditional stove feel, wood-burning is ideal. Pellet stoves, which burn compressed wood pellets or biofuels like corn or wheat hulls, are a popular choice for those looking to reduce their environmental impact while closely resembling the look and feel of a traditional wood-burning fire. Gas stoves offer the most energy efficient option and offer ease of use. Gas fireplaces can be ignited with the flip of a switch or the push of a button, and many can be controlled via thermostat. Once you determine which type of stove or fireplace you would like, you’ll need to determine which size is ideal for the area of your home you’re looking to heat.

If you’re ready to consider an alternative home heating appliance to help heat your home during the coldest winter months, consult the experts at FireSide Hearth and Home. We can walk you through your heating appliance options and help you select the appliance that is right for your home heating needs.

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Tired of hauling firewood? Consider a pellet stove

Your wood-burning stove or fireplace brings warmth, comfort and ambiance to your home, and saves you money on your home heating bills. But using wooden logs to help heat your home comes with many inconveniences. Either you spend months chopping, stacking and splitting firewood, or if you purchase your firewood, it can only be purchased a cord at a time. All of that firewood must be stored somewhere it’s protected from the elements.

When the wood-burning season sets in, your fire has to be constantly tended. You make trips back and forth from the garage, barn or woodpile to keep your fireplace properly fueled. Bringing firewood into your home can introduce bugs, mold or other pests. If you love the heating benefits of your fireplace, along with the ambiance of a burning fire but grow frustrated with the logistics of preparing, storing and hauling firewood, consider a pellet stove.

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Save space with pellets

While firewood must be purchased by the cord, pellets come in 40 pound bags, which you can purchase from your local hardware store or many big-box retailers as needed. One ton of pellets, which provides the same amount of heat as a cord of wood, requires 80 cubic feet for storage. In contrast, the cord of firewood requires 128 cubic feet of storage. On average, a home with a wood stove or wood-burning fireplace burns three cords of hardwood or more than 5 cords of softwood each winter.

Maintain your fire less with pellets

With a wood stove, you build your fire and maintain it constantly, adding wood and shifting logs throughout the day so your fire is burning at its best. Pellet fires require much less fuss. One load of pellets will burn for 16 to 24 hours, so your fire will continue to heat your home while you’re at work, running errands or sleeping. You don’t have to constantly tend your fire, or worry about jumping embers when you open your fireplace door to add a log. Pellet stoves also require less cleaning. The pellets burn more cleanly, meaning you have less ash to clean from your stove, and less buildup to worry about in your stove’s chimney.

Burn greener with pellets

While EPA-certified wood-burning stoves and fireplace inserts are incredibly efficient, pellet stoves have them beat. Pellets contain very little moisture, which means they produce very little smoke and release very few particles into the environment. Pellets are also environmentally friendly in their construction. Wood itself is, of course, a renewable resource, and most pellets are made from wood byproducts, such as sawdust and shavings that otherwise would make its way into landfills. Other pellets are made from bio-sources, such as corn and wheat hulls. Pellets also are incredibly efficient at heating your home. With a wood stove, approximately 70 percent of the wood’s heat potential is released into your home, while approximately 83 percent of the wood’s heat potential is released into your home with pellets.

If you’re tired of the hassle of a wood-burning fireplace or stove but you enjoy the heat, talk to the experts at Fire Side Hearth & Home about a pellet stove today.