A lot of people love the comfort, ambiance and extra heat the fireplaces provide. Unfortunately, however, not all homes are built with these features. Fortunately, however, it may be possible to get the exact look and feel that you want for your home, without having to pay a veritable fortune. Wood fire heaters are attractive and highly functional units that serve as a very cost-effective alternative. Following are some of the many benefits that you can gain by investing in one of these units.
To start, if you are the owner of existing construction and want to have the ambiance of a real fireplace, these standalone units will give you exactly what you’re looking for. These systems are made to function a lot like conventional fireplaces, but they do not require any costly building alterations. Rather than having your new heater professionally installed, you can simply take it out of the box and set it up.
It is important to know, however, that systems like these do have to be vented. Given that they are not connected to hearths with built-in flues, a special vent will be required for carrying the resulting smoke and other residuals out of the building interior. Operating one of these systems indoors and without the proper venting equipment in place can be very detrimental to resident health.
The good news is that the vast majority of these systems come with their own included venting kits. When they do not, compatible venting kits can be purchased cheaply. Depending upon your budget and your experience in either construction or do-it-yourself home improvements, you can either handle the installation process entirely on your own, or outsource to a reputable, local contractor.
People love the sounds that are made by burning real wood. These units can create a very soothing environment by providing a warm, comforting glow and by enhancing the visual appeal of the spaces that they’re in. If you are looking for a simple and quick way to dramatically boost room aesthetics, purchasing one of these products is a good idea.
Some homeowners simply want to have a way to add more warmth to their property interiors, without having to increase their reliance upon their centralized heating systems. If you are all alone in your home, turning on the HVAC to warm up every room in the property might not make sense. Instead, you can build a warm fire right in your living room, family room or bedroom.
Given that wood is a natural fuel source and the fact that it can be sustainably sourced, some people have found that these additions have allowed them to reduce their carbon footprints. At the very least, they can be used to reduce home energy costs by simply giving residents a cheap and easy way to boost indoor temperatures when many of the rooms in their properties remain unoccupied.
There are also a number of attractive heater designs that are intended for use solely outdoors. These products do not need to be vented at all, given that the residual smoke and other matter will simply be released into the outside air. Units such as these are excellent for creating balcony, porches and patio spaces that can be used for relaxation and entertainment year-round.