Are you looking for a more eco-friendly way to heat your home? One option you may want to consider is a pellet stove. These stoves burn compacted wood pellets, which are typically made from wood scraps and waste, to generate heat. The heat can be cycled through your home with a blower unit and ducts, much as it would be with a conventional furnace. Read on to learn more basics about pellet stoves and determine whether this is the right heating choice for you.
How is the stove fueled?
You can purchase the wood pellets that your stove burns at many home improvement stores. There are also companies that deliver them; they typically come in big bags. The pellets are made from sawdust, bark, and other wood scraps that would otherwise be thrown away, so by burning them, you're reducing the amount of waste that gets sent to a landfill.
Pellet stoves have a self-feeding system, so you just load them full of pellets every couple of days, and the system slowly adds pellets to the burn chamber as needed.
How do you install a pellet stove?
A pellet stove is less like a fireplace or wood stove and more like a furnace. It will need to be installed by an HVAC expert, since it will need to be properly ventilated and hooked up to your home's duct work and thermostat. Usually, pellet stoves are placed in the basement. Most require an electrical connection, since the ignition is electric. The best models have battery backups so you don't lose heat when the power goes off.
Pellet stoves give off a bit more residual heat than the average furnace, so you'll need to have a heat-proof flooring material under the stove. You should also avoid storing flammable materials near the stove.
What maintenance do pellet stoves require?
To keep your pellet stove burning efficiently, you'll need to empty the ash bin, which is where the waste from the burned pellets collects, about once a week. Once a year, you'll need to clean the soot and dust from the burn chamber. Your HVAC company can also do this while they're on-site to inspect the stove, as you should have them do once a year.
Burning pellets is an eco-friendly alternative to burning natural gas, propane, or other fossil fuels. To learn more about this sustainable heating option, talk to a heating and cooling specialist such as Edwards Heating & Air Conditioning LLC.
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