Heat your home with wood

Four facts you might not know

The Covington News - - SHOWCASE OF HOMES -

As long as there has been wood to burn, man has used it to stay warm. Our pre­de­ces­sors who dis­cov­ered fire had the edge on a re­new­able heat­ing source that is not only cost-ef­fec­tive, but also an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way to heat the home.

Still, many of to­day’s home­own­ers rely pri­mar­ily on gas, propane and oil to heat their homes rather than look­ing to wood. Why? It could be be­cause they don’t have the facts about burn­ing wood ef­fi­ciently and the home heat­ing prod­ucts that help to­ward that end.

Here is some in­for­ma­tion about us­ing wood to heat your home that may sur­prise you.

Wood is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. It may seem that cut­ting down trees for fuel would be coun­ter­pro­duc­tive to the “green” move­ment. How­ever, trees are a re­new­able re­source that, like other biomass, is car­bon neu­tral. While grow­ing, trees ab­sorb car­bon diox­ide; when they die, they re­lease car­bon diox­ide re­gard­less of whether they burn or de­com­pose. Fos­sil fu­els by com­par­i­son are a one-way street, in a mat­ter of min­utes re­leas­ing green­house gasses that have been cap­tured deep in the earth over mil­lions of years.

Wood can save money. When burn­ing logs in the new gen­er­a­tion of high ef­fi­ciency hy­dronic fur­naces (or wood boil­ers), like those of­fered by Green­wood Tech­nolo­gies, the heat gen­er­ated is more in­tense and lit­tle is lost up the chim­ney. Th­ese fur­naces can be used in lieu of stan­dard heat­ing sys­tems fea­tur­ing gas or oil dur­ing the heat­ing months, or as an add-on when home­own­ers pre­fer to use other heat­ing sources as their pri­mary method of heat­ing.

This re­duced need for oil, propane and nat­u­ral gas means a re­duc­tion in monthly heat­ing bills. In fact, many home­own­ers us­ing a Green­wood sys­tem have seen en­ergy bills re­duced by up to 70 per­cent dur­ing win­ter months. One of th­ese fur­naces pays for it­self in en­ergy bill sav­ings in just a few years.

Wood can be a clean way to pro­vide heat. There are plenty of peo­ple who have wres­tled with cords of wood to stock wood­burn­ing stoves or fire­places, only to find that the mess left be­hind in the way of trailed bark and ashes leaves much to be de­sired. How­ever, home­own­ers who use the next gen­er­a­tion wood boil­ers, like the Green­wood, will find that there is lit­tle to no mess in­volved. That’s be­cause they burn wood at such a high tem­per­a­ture (2000 F) that no dis­cern­able smoke is cre­ated. What’s more, be­cause of the high burn tem­per­a­ture, very lit­tle ash is gen­er­ated, mean­ing the fire­box only has to be cleaned once a month rather than once a day. Also, the fur­nace can be in­stalled in­doors or out­side and be set up to heat the en­tire home, elim­i­nat­ing the need to trans­port logs through the house.

Wood is a safe heat­ing method. Us­ing a wood-fired fur­nace can be just as safe as any other tra­di­tional heat­ing source. Just as with other fur­naces, proper op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures should be fol­lowed. In the case of the Green­wood fur­nace, safety is the com­pany’s pri­mary fo­cus. It was cer­ti­fied for in­door use to strict UL and CSA stan­dards and is as safe as us­ing gas or elec­tric ap­pli­ances. Very few com­pet­ing wood-burn­ing fur­naces or boil­ers meet th­ese strin­gent safety stan­dards.

When up­grad­ing your home and heat­ing sys­tem this sea­son, or if you’re think­ing about an en­tirely new way to en­joy ef­fi­cient, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly heat, con­sider a Green­wood Hy­dronic Fur­nace. Learn more by call­ing (800) 959-9184 or on the Web at www.Green­wood­Fur­nace.com.

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