The Top Nine Reasons to Use Pellets to Heat your Home
Are you looking for an economical, environmentally-friendly way to heat your home? Have you been considering using pellets? Here is a list of our top nine reasons why you should consider installing a pellet appliance in your home.
1) Pellet Stoves are Eco-Friendly
Pellet stoves are very clean burning. One non EPA wood stove has as many emissions as forty pellet stoves. Pellet fuel uses residual forest and saw milling residue that was traditionally burned or land-filled. Pellets are designated carbon neutral because the release of the carbon through decomposition on the forest floor is equal to the carbon released when burned. There are no NOX gases released when wood fuel is burned unlike fossil fuels (fossil gas).
2) Pellet Appliances are Safer
Pellet appliances operate at lower stack temperatures because of their higher efficiency. Thus, the clearances to combustibles are reduced and they can be closer to walls, furniture etc. They also have a range of safety features that will not allow them to operate when they are too hot, or when good chimney draft is not present. Commonly the units will not feed pellets when hopper lids are opened or the fire-door is not secured. Now some manufacturers are even using removable handles so children can’t open the doors.
3) Pellets are Cheaper than Other Fuel
Solid fuel (whether pellets or wood) is generally the least expensive heat source for space heating. While there are always exceptions depending on your geographic location, by and large that is the case. One of the major benefits is you are in more control of your purchase pattern and all those little extra charges. Delivery fees, tank rentals, carbon taxes, distribution, fuel surcharges, and the like are gone. You generally have the biggest cost advantage over the most portable fuels. You can choose to buy in the off season often at reduced prices or as you need it.
4) Pellets are Easier to Put in Stoves than Wood
Pellets are cleaner to handle than wood which is a plus when your appliance is located in your main living area. It is easier to control the heat output of a pellet stove as many are thermostat-controlled or have many heat level settings. They also respond faster to input instructions because they are burning a smaller quantity of fuel at any given time. They give considerably longer burn times between fills, and can be left unattended for periods while busy families are at work or school. They develop less ash because the combustion of the fuel is so complete. This makes cleanup easier and less frequent.
5) Pellet Stoves Provide Natural Warmth and Comfort
There is nothing that beats wood heat for comfort. Constant dry heat from both wood or pellet is hard to match with any other heat source. Shouldn’t we all strive to use a renewable source for our heating needs, and leave the other fuels for uses where they can’t be replaced? The technology for burning solid fuel just keeps improving, and the EPA is moving toward higher benchmarks on all appliances to clear the air further. This will raise efficiency again.
6) Wood Pellets are Widely Available in the Market
Wood pellets can be found almost everywhere: hearth shops, lumber yards, big box stores, and even home delivery in some regions. One ton of pellets only takes up 3.5x4x4ft. high of space and just needs to be out of the elements (not unlike the proper treatment of firewood). There is the same heat value in a ton of pellets as a cord and a half of bone dry hardwood, but the pellet appliance is around 85% efficient vs. about 60% for a wood stove
7) Pellet Stoves are Cleaner Which Provides a Better Standard of Living
Due to its design, there should never be smoke escaping from your pellet stove . Bugs, bark, and dust are greatly reduced, leading to better indoor air quality. Less time spent tending the fire.
8) Pellet Appliances Don’t Release any Harmful Gasses
Greenhouse gas carbon equivalents per quad of heat delivered are approx 1/3 of fuel oil, and less than half of natural gas. Sulfurs, chlorines, and nitrogen are virtually non-existent, so acid rain components are 5x higher with fuel oil and 15x higher with coal fired electricity for heat.
9) Burning Pellets Supports Local Economies
Burning pellets generally supports local economies because pellet plants are located closer to their markets. Renewable and sustainable fuel sources are often located within a few hundred miles of its customers.