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EPA changes regulations for woodstoves

Woodstoves and wood-burning fireplaces add warmth, comfort and ambiance to many homes, especially in cold-weather states like ours. The appliances also can add something else to the air in our neighborhoods and the atmosphere: pollution. Woodstoves add to the particulate matter in the air, which is bad for our lungs, and they add detrimental gases to the atmosphere. The EPA is trying to reduce the impact woodstoves and fireplaces have on the environment with new regulations.

What the regulations mean

Under the new EPA regulations for woodstoves and wood-burning fireplace inserts, which went into effect last year, the appliances will have to decrease the amount of particulate matter emitted per hour to no more than 2.5 grams per hour. That’s significant because levels of particulate matter in the air have been linked to higher instances of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. The effects can be so significant, in fact, that some cities have banned wood burning and wood-burning appliances altogether.

For homes that have existing wood-burning appliances, the new regulations won’t be a cause for concern. However, should you choose to upgrade your woodstove or install a wood-burning fireplace insert, you’ll only be able to choose from new, more efficient EPA-certified models.

How you benefit from the new regulations

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For consumers who choose to install new woodstoves or wood-burning fireplaces, there are some significant advantages. Of course, everyone benefits from a cleaner environment, but wood-burning fireplaces dirty the air in your home as well as the air in your neighborhood. Installing an EPA-certified woodstove can drastically improve your indoor air quality, making your family healthier. The improvement is especially significant if you have an open-hearth fireplace, which have long been discouraged by the EPA and groups like the American Lung Association.

The woodstoves also burn hotter and can help you burn less wood and lower your home-heating bills. The stoves are required to be 85 percent more efficient, and they achieve that by using catalytic converters and vents to reduce air flow, and they use steel tubes to recirculate and re-combust gas. That means that the stoves create hotter fires and return more of your fire’s heat to your home.

Installing a new woodstove or fireplace

If you’re interested in capitalizing on the benefits of the new EPA regulations, call the fireplace experts at FireSide Hearth & Home. We can talk to you about your fireplace needs. We can evaluate your space and your existing fireplace and help you determine your options for selecting a new EPA-certified woodstove or wood-burning fireplace insert.

FireSide Hearth & Home can help you reduce your carbon footprint, improve your indoor air quality and reduce your home heating bills by helping you select the EPA-certified stove or fireplace that meets your home’s needs!

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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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