Alternative Heating Options

If you are considering adding a new type of heating appliance to your home, it is important to consider your options. Adding a fireplace, in hopes of gaining the warm atmosphere that they traditionally offer, is a desire felt by many homeowners. Yet, there are a variety of types to choose from in all different looks, feels, and maintenance levels. Studying which is right for you will leave you satisfied with an appliance that you can feel comfortable using on a frequent basis.

Alternative Heating Options - Wichita KS - Home Safe Hearth and Chimney

Here are the 4 main types offered in today’s market:

  • Wood-Burning: Wood-burning stoves are the most traditional type of heat source for those looking for that more authentic feel in their home. Plus, if you have easy access to wood, then you have a cheap and renewable fuel source. Yet, they by far require the most maintenance out of the four heating options. Ash and creosote must be cleaned out on a consistent basis and, if things are not up to code, you could be at risk for house fires or smoke backing up into your home. Also, one must be skilled in building fires and knowledgeable on burning wood as efficiently as possible.
  • Pellet-Burning: Pellet-burning options are a more energy efficient heat source. They are easier than wood-burning options because they do not require a chimney, but rather a much smaller and more manageable opening. The fuel is renewable, too, usually coming in the form of small wood particles. A con associated is the amount of electricity used to operate this type of unit. And, although easier to use than wood-burning types, they will not continue running in the event of a power outage.
  •  Gas: Gas options are easy to use and are more suited to those who are constantly on the go. They turn on and off with the flip of a switch or push of a button, drastically decreasing the amount of maintenance typically required for fireplaces. They are powered by gas, making them very energy-efficient, and often carry fake logs in attempt to gain a more authentic feel. Yet, many miss that cozy atmosphere that you can only gain from a more traditional fireplace.
  • Electric: Electric stoves are more cost-effective for the homeowner. They turn on and off easily and require much less maintenance than the more traditional types. They simply plug into the wall and can be moved around easily. Yet, like the gas options, they do not allow for the traditional atmosphere offered by higher maintenance fireplaces. If you have the time and want a more authentic option, then a wood-burning unit would be a better choice for you.

Home Safe Hearth & Chimney Inc. has all of the tools you need to incorporate a new heating appliance into your home. Our experts can advise on the best options, based upon each individual’s needs. Once a plan is set, we have the skills needed to install the unit, then keep it properly and safely maintained for years to come. Give us a call today!

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