Since the invention of fire, wood has been the most popular source of energy. It accounts for around 6% of the total global primary source of energy supply. Nonetheless, wood-burning remains the largest use of energy derived from solid fuel biomass. Wood fuel includes wood chips, firewood, charcoal, pellets and sawdust. Although wood has remained the most reliable renewable source of energy, wood heaters have improved over the years to maximize the generation and utilization of energy from wood fuel. From the archaic fireplaces to the modern wood heaters, the difference in design and performance is apparent. New technology and improved build have made the wood heater an efficient system that all homes deserve to have. If you are still debating whether to get a wood heater, here are some reasons you need one.
For as long as there is a vent system, a wood heater can be installed in any part of the house. The modern freestanding designs are flexible and easy to install. They can be put at any section of a room and allow zone heating. The in-built options require a housing unit but their performance makes up for the limited placement options.
The days of smoke-filled rooms and poor heat generation from wood fuel are long gone. Modern wood heaters are highly efficient units equipped with the latest technology to ensure the best performance. The heaters have well-designed heat chambers that promote complete combustion of wood while minimizing heat losses. Wood heaters rely on radiation energy and convectional heat distribution. Large wood heaters operate funs that aid in heat distribution.
Compared to fossil fuel, wood is more eco-friendly. It’s carbon-neutral and renewable. Most wood fuel is sourced from planted forests and new methods of processing the fuel ensure nothing goes to waste. Although electric heating is cleaner, the generation of electrical energy pollutes the environment.
Heating is expensive. However, wood fuel is accessible and affordable. Compared to gas, electricity and oil, wood fuel has a lower British Thermal Unit (BTU); the BTU is defined as the amount of heat required by a fuelling unit to raise one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Consequently, the implication is that wood requires less heat (and as a result, less energy) to raise the general temperature. Those who practice strategic zone heating save a lot on heating.
Wood heaters are designed to sustain intense heat and take on all sorts of insult. The heaters are designed from cast iron, stainless steel and other durable metal components. If you want a heating solution that will serve you for ages, a wood heater is your best bet.
Wood heaters are installed in both indoor and outdoor spaces. They vary in design, size and function. Contemporary wood heaters feature auxiliary functions that enhance the performance of the unit. The design is often streamlined to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding decors. Some fireplaces stay true to the traditional design while incorporating elements from contemporary styles. For outdoor fireplaces, the design is customized to enhance heat distribution and also fit the outdoor aesthetics. Both freestanding and inbuilt fireplaces look good in indoor spaces. Other options for styling include double-sided fireplaces and three-sided heaters. There are numerous styles available for home heating and this makes wood heaters the most versatile of all the heating options.
The wood heater is the best home heating option for someone looking for an inexpensive, stylish heating solution.