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Wood and Pellet Appliance Basics – Plus Incentives That Can Save You Thousands!

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Today’s wood- and pellet-burning heating equipment is clean burning, efficient, and powerful enough to heat many average-sized homes. But how do you choose the right equipment for your Finger Lakes-area home?

Here are some wood- and pellet appliance basics. For more information, contact our experts today.

  • When choosing wood- or pellet-burning equipment, it’s important to properly size it to the area you are looking to heat. Choose an appliance that is too large and you will waste fuel and increase pollution; choose one that is too small and you won’t have enough power to heat the space. Although other factors come into play, here’s a rule of thumb: a stove rated at 60,000 Btus can heat a 2,000-square-foot space; a stove rated at 42,000 Btu can heat a 1,300-square-foot space.
  • Older wood-burning appliances may emit a substantial amount of air pollutants, many of which can have adverse health effects. Strongly consider upgrading to one of the newer appliances certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); these higher-efficiency appliances usually have lower emissions and typically safer, since they help prevent creosote buildup in your chimney.
  • Always have your wood- or pellet-burning appliance installed by a professional for maximum efficiency and safety. A certified professional can also help you choose the best appliance to heat your home.
  • Wood stoves are the most common device for burning wood. New catalytic stoves and inserts have efficiencies of up to 83% HHV (higher heating value).
  • Pellet fuel appliances burn compacted pellets that are usually made of wood cutoffs, sawdust and scraps; they can also be derived from other organic materials.
  • Pellet fuel appliances are more convenient to operate than ordinary wood stoves or fireplaces, and some have much higher combustion and heating efficiencies. As a result, they produce very little air pollution. In fact, pellet stoves are the cleanest solid fuel, residential heating appliance. Pellet stoves that are certified by the EPA are likely to be in the 70 to 83 percent efficiency range, heating capacities that range between 8,000 and 90,000 Btu per hour.
  • A pellet stove is often cheaper to install than a conventional wood-burning heater; many can be direct-vented to the room and do not need an expensive chimney or flue. As a result, the installed cost of the entire system may be less than that of a conventional wood stove.

Of course, there’s a lot more to know about wood- and pellet-burning heating equipment – if you want to get the facts, give the pros at Ehrhart Energy a call today.

Intrigued? RHNY incentives can save you thousands on pellet-burning equipment

There’s never been a better time to install high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems, thanks to incentives from Renewable Heat NY (RHNY). Check out these savings on a wood-burning boiler with thermal storage:

  • 45 percent off the installed cost (up to $20,000)
  • Additional $5,000 savings—for documented recycling of old outdoor or indoor wood boiler
  • Or $2,000 additional savings—for documented recycling of old whole-house wood furnace

The bottom line: if you have ever considered installing pellet-burning equipment, there has never been a better time than right now. Contact us today to learn more!