A burning wood stove is an environmentally friendly solution to heat your home, business or office. Burning any species of wood will not increase your carbon footprint, or the amount of harm you do to the environment. Wood burning is a carbon neutral process meaning it does not increase the amount of carbon dioxide by being burned.
Beginning when it is just a sprig, a tree naturally absorbs CO2 out of the atmosphere and releases it into the air when decomposing or when burned. Both processes release the same out of carbon dioxide, neutralizing the carbon effect on the environment.
As a carbon neutral source of home heating, burning wood is a viable alternative because the product is a renewable resource. Other traditional methods including coal, and natural gas, are a finite source of fuel, meaning once it is gone there is no more. With new harvesting rules and regulations, wood producing companies no longer clear-cut forests. As a result, today there are more trees grown in the United States than a century ago.
High-Efficiency Low Emissions
Due to the standard set in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), back in the 1980s, wood-burning stoves offer an efficient and clean heating method. Through technological advances, fireplace inserts and wood stoves are now designed to provide a cleaner burning solution. Over the last few decades, new designs have been able to harness over three times the heated air, when compared to an old-style fireplace.
New burning methods allow the wood stove to provide a more lasting fire by completely burning everything including the release of gases created from combustion. This results in lower emissions, which helps the environment. Because of new technological designs, some modern stoves are approved for use in designated smokeless areas.
As utility costs continue to rise, most homeowners are worried about keeping their homes warm through the winter months. However, the price of using wood for heating houses is approximately only a third of the cost of traditional methods including gas, electricity and oil. Many homeowners have the advantage of procuring free firewood. Having access to fallen branches and wood scraps is a perfect solution to lowering heating costs.
Whether homeowners are converting their traditional supplied heat source in an existing home, or building a new house, there are significant economic benefits to use a wood stove. Utilizing modern heating technologies, homeowners can be assured the new wood stove will provide an environmentally friendly solution to heating the air in their home, business or office.