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Top 3 Benefits of Owning a Wood Stove

Top 3 Benefits of Owning a Wood Stove - Carbondale CO - Bulldog Chimney SweepsThis time of year brings many fun activities such as sledding down hills and snowball fights. However, the beautiful snowfall can bring some problems, too. Winter weather can cause power outages, which means there’s no light and no heat if you are dependent on electricity. Homes can get very uncomfortable very quickly and these outages can last days or even weeks. With a wood burning stove you can stay warm even when the power is out.There are many benefits to owning a wood burning stove, below we have listed 3 main ones.

Cost

Wood is one of the cheapest fossil fuels around. In many instances it is the cheapest, but depending on your geographical location another option may be cheaper. But buying a wood stove means you’ll be saving money in several ways, not just the cost of fuel. If you have a central heating system, you are probably wasting money. A central heating system only allows you to heat your entire house, not just the areas you spend time in. You may spend the majority of your time in the living room, but end up heating unoccupied rooms such as bedrooms and the basement. With a wood stove, you have the flexibility to heat your main living space without wasting money on unused rooms. This way of heating is known as Zone Heating, and using a wood stove is a perfect way to achieve this. Zone Heating using your wood stove will allow you to turn down, or completely turn off, your central heating system and only rely on your wood burning stove. Wood burning stoves can heat a whole house if fueled all day and installed correctly.

Environmentally Friendly

Wood is a very environmentally friendly alternative to some other fossil fuels. This is because of its natural life cycle. Photosynthesis begins the life cycle and fuels the tree’s growth. When the tree falls (naturally or cut down), it can naturally decompose or be turned into firewood. In either situation, it will release carbon dioxide into the air, which in turn feeds new life forms such as trees and other vegetation. Then the process starts over. This is a naturally occurring cycle that has the same outcome no matter which way the tree it used.

Independence

As mentioned in the beginning, using a wood stove means you have independence from your electricity company. If the power goes out, you don’t have to worry about moving into a hotel or staying a friends house because your home is too cold to live in. A wood stove will keep your house cozy as long as you have fuel. Power outages can be huge disruptions to your family’s life but with a wood stove you can avoid some of that disruption.

If you think a wood stove is right for you, give us a call! We would love to help you pick out and install the right stove for you.