These days everywhere you go you hear the terms eco-friendly, green, energy-efficient, etc. We all want to do our part to save the environment, and when it comes to heating your home “going green” also means putting more “green” back in your wallet. It’s a win-win situation, and here’s one way of doing it – Zone Heating. Zone heating is an excellent way to add a little more “green” to your home’s résumé, save some money on your heat bill, and once and for all end those family thermostat wars. Allow me to explain….
The majority of homes in America use a forced air central heating system. Now, regardless of the type (gas, propane, oil, electric, and so on) they all distribute air through a series of ductwork. These ducts may be made of sheet metal or plastic flex and can be insulated or un-insulated. Some common disadvantages of this framework are leaky ducts, uneven heat distribution, and wasted energy going to ductwork in attics and crawl spaces.
An advantage of forced air central heating is that it efficiently works via a thermostat, but while I might favor a comfortable 68 degrees my significant other might continually (and quite subtly) raise it to a tropical 76. Another major advantage of this system is that it quickly heats up the entire house. However, I’m guessing you probably don’t spend the majority of your time in the laundry room, bathroom, or spare bedroom(s). So, why are you spending money heating those areas?
Zone heating offers a practical solution to these dilemmas by only heating the rooms in which you live. This strategy may easily save you 30% or more on your energy bill as a result of the overall decrease in your fuel consumption.
You have many, many options for which type of hearth product to install, including fireplaces, freestanding stoves, or fireplace inserts that may burn a variety of fuels, such as firewood, pellets, corn, natural gas, or propane. Lopi makes almost 40 different models to choose from, which can be overwhelming to say the least. All of our wood and pellet models are energy-efficient and qualify for the $1,500 Tax Credit towards biomass burning appliances. (Just a side note; this tax credit is only good for purchases made through December 31st, 2010, so if you’re considering a wood or pellet stove act fast.) Our GreenSmart gas models are efficient, self-adapting, and offer an adjustable turn down rate to provide you with your ideal comfort zone. (Please read the article on GreenSmart to learn more…we’re quite proud of this technology.) Some models also have optional heat ducts so you can vent heat into adjoining rooms. Lopi’s electric fireplaces make a quick, easy, and beautiful addition to any room requiring a low BTU space heater, and they make a great holiday gift…hint, hint.
A Lopi specialty retailer can guide you through the process of determining which product is right for you. Be prepared to answer these questions:
- What is the square footage of the zone you wish to heat?
- What fuels are readily available in your area?
- What is your design style?
- What type of central heat do you have?
- What is the age and construction of your house?
- Is there available space to install a freestanding stove?
Just think, soon you could be sitting around the kitchen table on a chilly winter’s eve enjoying dinner by the warmth of your new gas (or wood or pellet) stove, and all the while your mind is at ease because you know your home is more efficient and that next heat bill is going to be a few dollars less. And let’s be honest, you don’t miss the sound of that pesky furnace cycling on and off either. Visit www.LopiStoves.com to find your local Zone Heating expert.