Using Pellet Stoves as an Alternate Heating Source: 3 Considerations You Must Not Overlook
With the cost of energy representing a major chunk of an average household’s monthly expense, many homeowners are compelled to seek alternate ways of keeping their homes warm during winters. If you are one of them, you may consider investing in a wood-burning pellet stove that is not only more efficient, but may also serve as a focal point in the living room and enhance its aesthetic appeal.
So, if you are ready to invest in a pellet stove to save more money on your energy bills, keep the following 3 considerations in mind to maintain a warm, cozy, and fire-safe home this winter.
- Type of Pellet Stove
Pellet stoves are of two types — top feed and bottom feed.
– Top-Feed Pellet Stoves — To operate a top-feed stove, you will be required to pour the pellets into the hopper present on the top of the stove. The pellets then move downward into the stove where they undergo combustion to produce heat.
– Bottom-Feed Pellet Stoves — Bottom-feed pellet stoves are more efficient than top-feed stoves and produces less quantities of ash and clinkers.
- Size and Heat Output
Pellet stoves can be used to heat a single room or the entire home, depending on their size or heat output. The heat output of a pellet stove is measured in BTUs.
- Fire Safety
The safe and efficient operation of a pellet stove depends on a number of factors, including its design, installation, use, and maintenance. A good-quality pellet stove installed professionally may still expose your home and loved ones to the risk of fire if it is not properly cleaned and maintained. Similarly, regardless of the fire safety measures you take, if your pellet stove is not installed properly or is of poor quality, it will serve as a safety threat for your loved ones.
To ensure the safety and comfort of your loved ones, it is recommended that you work with a professional who will help you select the best pellet stove for your home, but also provide you tips on how to ensure its safe and efficient operation.
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