If your home has an older heating stove, it may be time for an upgrade. The technology may seem simple for a wood, gas stove, but in fact, the technology is constantly evolving. Newer heating stoves burn cleaner and more efficiently. Upgrading to a new stove could lower your home heating costs, decrease the amount of fuel you’re burning and reduce the amount of pollution you’re producing.
Outdated woodstoves are such a concern that groups like the American Cancer Society caution against using them because of the amount of fine particles they release into their air. Fortunately, if you’re due to update your heating stove, you have plenty of efficient, environmentally friendly options. These stoves can be installed free standing on a hearth, or they can be retrofitted into an existing masonry fireplace space.
Woodstoves provide a classic home-heating option. EPA-certified stoves allow you to enjoy a classic wood fire while returning more of the fire’s heat to your home and reducing the amount of fine particles released by open-heart or outdated wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. New models of EPA-certified woodstoves are 50 percent more efficient than models built 25 or more years ago and 70 percent more efficient than an open-hearth wood-burning fireplace.
The EPA promotes gas stoves as the most efficient option for home-heating appliances. Gas stoves return up to 99 percent of their fire’s heat to your home. And of course, gas stoves offer the ultimate in convenience. With the flip of a switch or the press of a button, you have a fire! Gas stoves usually can be rigged to a thermostat, as well, to help control the temperature of your home. If you have an older gas stove, or you haven’t looked at gas stove options for several years, you likely will be pleasantly surprised by how closely newer models mimic the look of a traditional wood fire.
No matter what fuel source you are using, wood,or gas the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly recommends that all chimneys be swept and inspected annually.
If you’re ready to upgrade your outdated heating stove, the experts at Clean Sweep Anne Arundel County can help you find the best option to heat your home efficiently and cleanly. Call us today!