An Indoor Wood Boiler (left) to keep your home warm in winters.
When it comes to heating your home, many Americans simply go with natural gas without much consideration to the other options available to them. This is not because they are not interested in ways in which they can be more environmentally conscious, or for ways they could lower their heating costs, but simply because they are not used to questioning the most common options.
In reality, the use of wood gasifiers, or using wood to heat your home, is a better alternative to natural gas for many reasons. Using wood allows you to lower your heating costs, be friendlier to the environment, and can improve the whole atmosphere of your home.
Lowering Your Heating Costs in a Big Way
Probably one of the biggest advantages of switching from natural gas to wood is that you have the potential to save a lot of money on your heating costs, explains MSN Real Estate. After the initial cost of installing your wood stoves and chimneys, your only real costs will be wood. Even the cost of wood can be kept to a minimum if you live in a heavily wooded area, especially if you are able to get a permit from the local forest that will allow you to chop your own wood.
An Outdoor Wood Boiler (left) to provide heat to your home.
Of course, when purchasing wood or chopping your own and storing it in bulk, you want to be sure that none of it goes to waste so that you do not waste any money. Yahoo! Voices explains that you want to avoid letting your wood get wet, so you should have a place such as a basement or other shelter where you can store your wood and protect it from the elements.
Some people become concerned that while the cost savings are great, the heating capacity may not be as good as natural gas, but that is not the case. MSN Real Estate explains that even a wood-burning stove has the ability to heat a whole house, with the room the stove is located in being the warmest and the heat decreasing as you move to rooms further away. While the rooms further away may be a bit cooler, that does not mean you will not have any heat at all, and if your home is well insulated and you have newer windows, keeping the heat in should not be a problem.
Be Kinder to Mother Nature
Everyone loves Mother Nature – Photo Courtesy: Eun-Gyu Kim
Using wood for heat rather than natural gas is much kinder to the environment because it is a completely renewable resource. In addition to being a renewable energy source, wood creates lower emissions. This can make you feel good all-around about your decision to change your heating source to wood because it will not only be good for your wallet, but also for the planet.
Along with your wood gasifiers, that give off an ambiance that other heating options cannot provide, if you decide to make the switch, you can rest assured that you will become a believer in the real benefits of wood heating.
Randy is an expert in heating and cooling systems who likes to write about ways that homeowners can save money on their monthly energy bills while being environmentally friendly.