As summer grows late, our thoughts start turning to fall and all the changes and delights it brings. Whether you’re crazy about autumn or don’t understand what all the fuss is about, there’s something we can agree on: When temperatures in the Northeast begin to drop and the air becomes crisp, there’s something undeniably comforting about the flickering flames and gentle crackling of a wood stove.
Freestanding wood stoves or a wood stove inserts aren’t just a source of heat. They can also be a centerpiece and gathering place that turn your house into a cozy haven during the colder months. Even as modern heating systems make strides in keeping us comfortable, wood stoves maintain their charm and efficiency, offering benefits that go beyond warmth. No wonder they’ve remained so popular over the centuries!
What Benefits Do They Bring?
Have you ever considered making a wood stove part of your home? If so, there are numerous reasons why the idea has merit. A properly installed and maintained woodstoves offers all sorts of benefits, including the following:
✔ Effective & Efficient Heating
Wood stoves generate wonderfully cozy radiant heat – and thanks to good design, they’re incredibly efficient at retaining heat, as well. Unlike traditional open fireplaces which lose a fair amount of heat up the chimney, wood stoves and wood stove inserts pour warmth into the room. That means more heat in your room and less escaping into the great outdoors… and that can mean lower heating costs and increased comfort throughout your home.
✔ Ambience & Aesthetics
Wood stoves have great functional benefits, but they also bring a charm factor that can’t be overlooked. Wood stoves come in a variety of designs with different looks and features, but all serve as a pleasant addition to your home that can invite gathering and space to unwind. When in use, the live fire creates a multi-sensory experience that is hard to replicate with other heating methods.
You can choose from a wood stove insert, which can be installed into your pre-existing masonry fireplace chimney or a free-standing wood stove style.
Free-standing wood stoves are versatile, which allows you more freedom in how to set up your space. They don’t require an existing chimney, instead relying on an insulated stove pipe for smoke to exit. As a result, there’s a great deal of flexibility in placement and minor construction required for installation. Wood inserts offer a relatively quick, easy, and affordable way to boost efficiency in your traditional fireplace setup.
✔ Increased Independence
There are a couple ways in which wood stoves can increase your independence: by allowing you to source your own fuel and by making you less reliant on the grid in the event of an outage.
Many people enjoy the feeling of providing their own firewood by chopping, seasoning, and storing it. This allows a measure of self-reliance when it comes to keeping your family warm in the winter, and if you have access to your own firewood it also means a little more freedom in your budget. You can also choose to have firewood delivered, supporting local businesses and investing in your own community.
Using a wood stove can also be an environmentally conscious way of staying warm. Wood stoves offer a sustainable and renewable source of energy. Unlike gas or oil, wood is a resource that can be locally sourced and replenished, reducing your carbon footprint, as well as promoting energy independence. When responsibly sourced and burned in a well-maintained wood stove, wood releases only the carbon absorbed during its growth, making it a carbon-neutral fuel option.
Being a bit more independent can come with a side of peace of mind. Wood stoves are a reliable source of heat even during power outages, which gives you an extra measure of security even when storms howl or high winds threaten.
We Can Add This Asset to Your Home
Investing in a wood stove can be the right move for many homeowners. Whether you’re looking for the long term savings of having an efficient heating system (and perhaps even chopping your own wood to fuel it), increasing the aesthetic appeal of your living space, moving toward greater self-sufficiency, or merely enjoying radiant heat on a chilly winter evening, wood stoves have a lot to offer.
If you’re eager to embrace the warmth and charm of a wood stove, we’re happy to partner with you in exploring your options. We’re a full service company with over two decades of experience in home heating, so we understand and can walk you through each step of the process of selecting, installing, and maintaining a wood stove that will suit your needs.
A great place to begin is getting an up-close look at the high quality stoves in our showroom and having a conversation with one of our friendly technicians. We’ll help you find the heating solution that will work for you, no matter where you are in the process. Call 631-738-0005 or book online with us today.