Heat is a basic and often overlooked or expected part of your daily life. You need to heat water for cooking or cleaning; you must keep yourself warm and during the dead of winter, you need to heat your house. For all these activities, you have several products including gas or oil furnace or wood stove, electric heater and certainly a water heater. Most of them cost quite a bit money to purchase and operate. If you are like a lot of people, you keep your eyes open to better options.
A wood furnace or a wood boiler is among the appliances used for generating heat, boiling water and other purposes. A furnace of higher quality provides more energy for less fuel and keeps your house free from smoke. When used properly, it ensures that use less wood and have a warmer home. You can understand why it is essential to understand its benefits. Here are some of the benefits or criteria to use in evaluating a wood stove.
Clean burning – Indoor wood boiler leaves very few particles that cause smoke, ash and creosote. It is as the boiler burns the wood completely.
Energy efficient – It is energy efficient as it achieves over 80% thermal efficiency. It means the most of heat released by burning wood is captured and heats your home efficiently. Note: European and US wood furnaces are rated using different scales for efficiency.
Cost effective – Installing a wood furnace is economical for you as it reduces your overall energy cost. According to a study sponsored by the Canadian government, you can reduce your energy cost up to 70% by the installation of indoor wood stove.
Eco-friendly – Using a wood furnace, like a Greenwood Frontier CX, is an environmentally friendly choice since it releases very little smoke from the burning wood. Reusing the energy from the biomass in the active regeneration cycle is a renewable source of energy.
Low maintenance – It is easy to keep the furnace maintained. It doesn’t need to invest money in its maintenance. Further, you needn’t to clean it often in comparison with wood stove or outdoor boiler.
Long lasting – Yes, a wood stove of good quality lasts for a longer period of time if it is purchased from a reputed manufacturer such as Greenwood. A trusted manufacturer gives solid warranty for its entire appliance, not just a portion of it.
Reliable designs – Wood furnaces are available in two basic designs – downdraft or updraft (like a Greenwood). Identify your taste and purchase the boiler of your choice.
Guest post submitted by Charlie Thompson, an undergraduate engineering student at Penn State.