Firewood and pellets derived from wood waste or corn all qualify as biofuels. They are fuels made from renewable natural resources. A biofuel-based heating system can take the form of a freestanding stove, a fireplace insert or a larger furnace that supplies hot water or hot air to a central heating system.
Homeowners who heat with wood or pellets often use a wood stove or fireplace insert as a supplementary heat source. In return for feeding the fire, periodically removing the ashes and cleaning the chimney, they are able to spend less on oil or gas that fuels the main heating system.
A smaller number of households have wood or pellet furnaces in use as the main heating system.
Some of these units are "multi-fuel" furnaces that can burn wood or pellets as well as oil or gas, giving the homeowner a choice of fuels to use.
It's important that wood burning stoves have a dedicated air supply for combustion, directly from the outside. If you were Santa Claus standing on the roof, and felt all the hot air coming up the chimney, you'd understand the volume of air that came out of the living space of the house and goes up out of the house.
This air leaving the house causes a vacuum in the house and sucks in cold replacement air through any and all gaps, cracks, and holes in the house. So a wood burning stove can make a family room toasty, but make the rooms farthest away from the stove (bedrooms) colder!
The value of heating with biofuels depends a great deal on homeowner behavior. Wood stoves pose a greater fire hazard than boilers and furnaces that burn fossil fuels. Wood stoves can produce hazardous pollution if poor-quality firewood is used or if the stove is not certified as clean burning by the EPA.
Contact us today to learn more about wood heaters in Spotsylvania, Jeffersonton, Earlysville, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and nearby areas including Rixeyville, Locust Grove, Rapidan, Palmyra, Keswick, Madison, Stanardsville, Culpepper, and more!
A furnace boiler or water heater burns fuel to generate heat and needs to put that heat into an air stream in your ducts, or into water in your pipes. The efficiency rating is what percentage of that heat gets into your air or water. What happens to the rest of the heat? It goes up the chimney and is lost into the sky. Therefore, a 15-year-old furnace that is 65% efficient is putting 35% of the heat you paid for up the chimney. A 96% efficient furnace only "wastes" 4%! A big difference! And since the cost of the fuel you put through a furnace, boiler or water heater during its lifetime is much greater than the cost of the unit itself, it's worth it to install the very highest efficiency equipment available! Let Dr. Energy Saver accomplish this in your home!
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