Monday, November 21, 2011

Wood Pellet Stoves and Central Heating

If you're wondering how you can save on heating costs this winter, investing in a pellet stove can be a great way to do it. These stoves burn pellets of compressed wood, which are fairly cheap and easy to come by, but they can also burn coal, regular wood chips, or even corn cobs, which are ridiculously cheap. These types of stoves can be used much like traditional boilers to heat your entire home.

Central heating pellet stoves can be hooked up like a boiler if you place them outside your home. They are usually placed about twenty feet from the side of your home, and they, like regular boilers, use a water heating system that pushes warm air through the vents that are connected to your entire home. This form of heating can easily keep your whole home warm throughout the winter, even as you spend half as much - or less than that - on your heating costs each winter. Another advantage of these outdoor heating systems is that you can run pipes under your sidewalks and driveway, which will radiate heat throughout the winter, saving you from laying down de-icing salts or shoveling your sidewalks in the winter. This can make your winter living much easier and more work-free, and it can save you and your family members from slipping on icy sidewalks and driveways.

One advantage of a heating system like this is that it keeps your heating system away from your home, which means that you are less likely to have carbon monoxide leaking into the air in your home. This also means that you're less likely to deal with fire hazards in your home, as any possible fires would be far outside the walls of your home. If you're afraid that an outdoor central heating pellet stove won't be enough to heat your home, you'll be happy to know that you can leave your regular furnace hooked up and set it to kick in if your home gets too cold. That way, if you run out of pellets, or if there are a few particularly cold days, you can know that you have a backup heating system for your home. Be sure when you look at installing this type of pellet stove system that you have room to store plenty of pellets. People who live in particularly cold areas may go through three tons of pellets each winter, and it's best to buy all the pellets you'll need at the beginning of the season. Having a shed or box where you can store all these pellets will make your life that much more convenient.

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