Heat your home with wood
Four facts you might not know
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.