Warming your Home for Less with Supplemental Heating
As temperatures drop in winter, home heating bills rise at their quickest rates all year. It’s very expensive to simply crank up the central heating system whenever the home gets chilly. Homeowners interested in saving money look for cost-saving solutions. Supplemental heating, such as with an efficient wood stove, is often the perfect remedy for high heating costs.
What is supplemental heating?
Supplemental heating is a strategy used to avoid warming an entire home when heat is only needed in certain rooms. It makes sense that heating costs are much higher when the furnace works hard to bring the temperature in the home to a consistent level throughout. Supplemental heating is economical because the only space being heated is the one being occupied. When occupants of the home aren’t moving from one room to the next or staying in more than one room for a significant period of time, heating more than the living space being used is an unnecessary expense. This strategy of heating only the rooms occupied is known as “zone heating.”
Fireplaces for supplemental heating
Wood-burning fireplaces and gas-fueled fireplaces are both excellent supplemental heating appliances. Not only do you get the benefit of cost-cutting zone heating, but you also get the added ambiance of a fire. Any costs associated with buying and installing fireplaces are typically repaid in full when a home is sold. Fireplaces consistently raise home values.
Whether you are building a home and decide to install efficient fireplaces throughout or whether you are adding fireplaces to an existing home, this zone heating strategy can be used.
Benefits of a gas fireplace for supplemental heating
Gas fireplaces can be installed just about anywhere in the home, including within walls. There are many styles available, including gas fireplaces that are pure elegance. The following are just a few of the benefits of a gas fireplace that are widely enjoyed by homeowners:
- Gas fireplaces can be used even when the electricity goes out.
- Because of how simple it is to turn on gas fireplaces, convenience is one of their most popular features. Simply adjust a thermostat, use a remote control, or flip a switch to begin warming by a fire.
- It’s unnecessary to deal with firewood. No chopping, stacking, hauling, or adjusting while a fire is burning.
- Natural gas is a proven money-saver, helping homeowners cut at least 25% from their utility costs.
- A chimney is not required in order to use a gas fireplace.
Benefits of a wood burning fireplace for supplemental heating
The efficiency of a wood-burning fireplace appliance is far greater than a traditional masonry fireplace. Factory-built fireplaces are extremely well insulated and designed to provide significant heat to the home. A masonry chimney is not a requirement because this type of supplemental heating system can be vented through a pipe. Wood-burning fireplaces can be used for zone heating and the following are a few more of the benefits they provide:
- If electricity goes out in a winter storm, you will still be able to stay warm.
- Wood is potentially the least expensive type of fuel used to warm a home.
- While you are zone heating, you are creating the unbeatable ambiance that only a wood-fueled fire can create.
- Modern factory-built fireplaces are highly efficient. They provide plenty of usable heat for the home.
Contact one of our member stores to have a fireplace installed in your home before winter. Your supplemental heat source will save you money.