Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book or a movie-watching marathon. It’s even better if you have a toasty-warm home. The experts in the Coastal Hearth and Home Department have put together some tips to help you decide what type of stove is right for you.
Why Update Your Home’s Heating Options
When you replace your old fireplace with a stove or insert, you’ll likely see a reduction in your heating costs, feel more warmth, and you could even get an incentive for replacing an outdated, not-so-energy efficient appliance. There are a handful of options for stoves and inserts, include gas, pellet, and wood burning.
Gas Stoves and Fireplace Inserts
If you have natural gas running to your home, then you’re a candidate for a gas stove or fireplace insert. Once installed, all you’ll need to do is turn on your gas fireplace with a switch. Best of all, there is no ash, no cleanup needed, and the heat output can really help offset your primary furnace or be used to heat whole areas of your home.
Pellet Stoves and Fireplace Inserts
Want to reduce your heating costs? Replace your fireplace with a pellet stove or fireplace insert. Bags of pellets can be very cost-effective, replacing 1.5 cords of wood with just a ton of pellets (50 of the 40 lb. bags). Check out our article Good Pellets Make Good Sense for more info on pellets and how well they can heat your home. Bottom line, they make far less ash than a typical wood stove, heat for a longer period of time, and cost less to operate.
Wood Stoves and Fireplace Inserts
Upgrading your current fireplace to an EPA-certified wood stove or fireplace insert is another option. You’ll get to keep the crackle and ambiance of the traditional fireplace, but you’ll be getting more out of the wood you burn with today’s advanced combustion technologies.
Why Choose an Insert
If you already have an older fireplace or stove, a new insert could make installation and the entire process a lot easier. Additionally, utility and government change-out programs can help offset the cost of a fireplace insert in some regions. Check with your local utility and city government for programs in your area.
How Long Does it Take
From the time you pick out your stove or insert until the day your contractor or other professional installs it can often be about a week. The team at your local Coastal Hearth and Home Department will be able to give you a better estimate.
Winter Warmth Starts at Coastal
You’ll find a whole department dedicated to fireplace inserts, stoves, and more at your Northwest owned and operated Coastal. Stop by today and discover new ways to keep your family warm and your finances happy this winter.