We might be in the dog days of summer now, but soon enough, the weather will turn frosty. If you’ve been dreading the winter electricity bill, a pellet stove might do the trick. They’re a great way to keep the house warm, keep your electric bills low and enjoy all the coziness winter has to offer—but when should you start looking for one?
Here’s a guide to pellet stove basics.
What is a pellet stove?
A pellet stove uses small wooden pellets to systematically feed a fire. The enclosed stove feeds the pellets into the flames at specific intervals. If you want a bigger fire, it will use more pellets at a smaller interval of time, whereas a low flame will use fewer pellets in longer intervals.
The stove itself is enclosed, and usually installed in your fireplace, although there are some standalone models. If you choose the latter option, you may need to find a way to vent excess heat. (The chimney does this on fireplace models.)
You can purchase the wooden pellets at any home improvement store. They usually come in 40-pound bags, which will last for weeks or months at a time, depending on how often you use your pellet stove.
Good for the environment
Your heater might be handy, but it uses up a lot of gas or electricity. Pellet stoves are a great way to conserve energy. Pellets use wood scraps and sawdust, which is a more efficient use of trees—and today’s models can control the room temperature down to the degree.
If you choose to install a pellet stove, you may be able to heat your entire house with just one stove. This often depends on your floor plan, as well as whether you leave doors open in unused rooms.
Perfect to use alongside a furnace
Many homeowners install pellet stoves to use alongside their furnaces, especially if they live in a multi-story home. A pellet stove might not be able to heat an entire home on its own, but it can certainly supplement your heater or furnace. Plus, there’s nothing like a cozy fire to make even the coldest days seem more festive and comfy.
When to buy a pellet stove
You can buy a pellet stove just about any time of the year, but you’ll probably get the best deals before fall and winter arrive. After all, most people are thinking about their air conditioners right now—not their heaters. Pellet stove vendors will often discount their merchandise to keep business coming, even when it’s hot outside.
Could a pellet stove be right for you? If you’re considering adding a stove to your home, come talk to the team at Marcell’s Specialties Inc. We can help you find the right kind of pellet stove for your individual home, or find another fireplace solution that suits you better. Stop by our showroom to learn more about pellet stove basics or any of our other products and services, or call today to arrange a consultation.
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