Is Your Home Ready for a Wood Boiler?
Changing your heating system to a wood boiler is not always an easy task. Even if your paying a professional to install it (which is highly recommended) there are many things to consider before you make the commitment.
Is It Worth It?
The long-term answer is probably yes. You’ll save money in heating costs over time. What you need to figure out is if the initial cost of buying one and setting it up is worth it or even doable. It’s a great investment but like any great investment, you’re going to have to put some money down.
How Will It Work?
Wood boilers are designed to work with existing heating systems. If you don’t have one that’s compatible, you may be better off with a wood furnace instead (www.wood-furnaces.net). If you do have one, a lot will depend on whether your heat will move through ducts in your home or beneath the floor with radiant heat. You’ll want to know your current heating system and all the details before talking with professionals to make sure a wood boiler will work for your home.
Are You Prepared?
If you’re looking to push a button and go on your merry way for several days, a wood boiler may not be your first choice. Most wood burning heaters require you to load wood at a fairly steady rate. There are some boilers that can hold more wood than others but even with those, you’ll have to add more wood every few days. You’ll also need to prepare for each season to make sure you have enough seasoned or dry wood to heat through the colder months. If you think you are going to chop down a tree for your wood, it’s not that easy. Green wood (freshly cut wood) needs at least a year to dry out in order to burn effectively.
Choosing the Right One
Choosing the right boiler depends on several things. How big is the area you need to heat? Do you want it inside or out? Once you figure that out, you’ll need to settle on a brand. You can decide this based on reputation, perhaps where its stores are located and of course, price. If you’re looking for the most dependable, Thermo-control wood boilers are made by one the nations oldest and most reliable companies, (www.thermocontrolstoves.com). They have some of the most innovative, highest quality wood boilers on the market and their customer service is amazing.