Some Benefits Of Heating Your Home With Wood
Electric or gas heat now comes standard in practically all urban homes in the United States, but it was not that long ago that that wood and coal burning stoves were the standard ways to generate heat houses and businesses. Even now, there are definite advantages to supplementing electric or gas heat with a wood or coal burning stove. If you live in an area of the country with particularly long or harsh winters, then you may want to consider investing in a wood burning stove such as a Hot Blast Furnace as either a primary or secondary heat source. Here are just a few of the benefits.
Wood heat is reliable
You never know when the power will go out for an extended period of time or you will have a mechanical problem with your central heating system. During the worst days of winter, it can sometimes be difficult to get a repairman out to fix the problem in a timely manner. Being without heat for even a single night can be dangerous, and one way to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you is to have a wood or coal stove on hand as a backup. All a Hot Blast Furnace style woodstove needs to operate is a supply of fuel, which can be bought in advance and stored for emergencies. As long as wood and coal are kept covered and dry, they can reasonably be expected to last through the winter.
Wood heat is inexpensive
A Hot Blast Furnace woodstove may seem like a significant investment at first. High quality stoves are often fairly expensive, and depending on where you live the cost of fuel may also be rather high. However, before you dismiss a woodstove as out of your price range, consider how high your electricity and gas bills are in the winter. Since wood burning stoves can often go for years without needing repair or replacement parts, think of a stove as a cost that you are going to recoup over many winters of use.
Wood heat is environmentally friendly
Woodstoves still aren’t 100 percent free of pollution, but they have a lot to recommend them over alternative sources of heat. Wood takes relatively little energy to prepare for the stove, requiring only the energy necessary to harvest, deliver, and cut it. Wood is also renewable, and if a wood lot is well-maintained it can continue to produce wood for fuel indefinitely. Additionally, Hot Blast Furnace woodstoves are designed for clean and efficient burning, meaning that they release only a minimal amount of particulate pollution into the air.