If you live in a colder climate, you can expect to devote about a third of your total energy costs toward heating your home each year. With homeowners constantly looking for ways to save money and increase energy efficiency, pellet stoves are becoming more popular.
Pellet stoves look very much like standard wood stoves, but operate more similarly to a furnace. You fill up the stove’s hopper with pellets made out of condensed sawdust, set the thermostat to your desired temperature, then enjoy the heat that radiates from it. Once the pellets are in the hopper, a mechanical auger transports them down into a burn pot, where they are burned at a high temperature while creating very little in the way of emissions or ash, keeping your interior air quality high.
Best of all, these pellet stoves are, on average, about twice as efficient at warming a home as older wood stoves that have not received certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Therefore, depending on the layout and size of your home, a pellet stove could be an ideal means of supplementing your existing heating source, or even acting as the sole source of heat. There are many different designs on the market that will complement your interior design styles and aesthetics.
Common questions about pellet stoves
Here are a few questions you might have if you are considering purchasing a pellet stove in Wausau, WI.
Q: How much can I expect my pellet stove to cost?
In general, you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $5,000 for a pellet stove or insert, depending on the size, style and amount of heat you want. The vent pipe or chimney liner will cost another several hundred dollars.
Q: Can I install a pellet stove by myself?
It is not recommended that you do so. Unless you feel comfortable with cutting holes for venting in your house and running pipes, we strongly suggest you hire professionals to get the installation done. This will be an extra cost, but it is worth it to ensure the job is done correctly and you don’t have to make any unnecessary and avoidable repairs to your home caused by shoddy workmanship.
Q: How frequently will I need to clean the stove?
Pellet stoves do not create nearly as much ash as wood-burning stoves or fireplaces. This means you won’t have to clean them out nearly as much. If you use the pellet stove every day, you’ll need to empty the ash pan about once a week. Obviously, the less you use the stove, the less you need to worry about cleaning it out.
Q: Are there any other advantages associated with pellet stoves over wood stoves?
Pellet stoves are significantly more efficient than wood stoves, as much more of the fuel is converted into heat. There is less maintenance and cleaning associated with pellet stoves, less smoke created and the fuel tends to cost less.
For more information about pellet stoves in Wausau, WI, contact Marcell’s Specialties Inc. today.
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