If you are planning to add on to your home, don't forget to consider how you will heat the addition! In most cases, you can't just run an extra duct from your current system. The furnace is sized for your current home and won't be able to keep up. You could get a larger furnace -- or you could explore alternative heating options for the addition. One of your best options is a pellet stove. Here are a few reasons why.
1. Pellet stoves burn a sustainable material.
These days, it's all about sustainability and going green. Pellet stoves burn wood pellets that are made from the scraps left behind after lumber yards, and other wood manufacturing companies make their nice, clean boards. These scraps would otherwise go to waste, so burning them is putting them to good use. And wood is a renewable resource, unlike coal or natural gas. Not only is going green a good choice for the planet, but it will make your home more marketable if you ever choose to sell.
2. Pellet stoves can be coordinated with a duct system.
If your addition is just one room, you could buy a small pellet stove and set it up to release heat directly into the room. However, if you have a few rooms in the addition, you can have ductwork and a blower installed. Larger pellet stoves are made to operate like furnaces, generating heat that can be blown through ducts to heat a substantially sized space. This is a more feasible option than having electric heaters in every room.
3. Pellets are pretty easy to store.
Compared to propane, which must be stored in a cumbersome tank, and wood, which has to be stacked somewhere, pellets are pretty easy to store. They come in bags, and you can store the bags in a corner or closet. You can also buy the bags a few at a time at most any home improvement store, rather than having to wait for them to be delivered as you would with propane.
4. Pellet stoves are easy to install.
If you coordinate the stove with ductwork, you will want to have a professional install it. But if you just use it to heat one room, you should be able to install it yourself. This will save you a lot of time and money. Pellet stoves are easy to find at most home improvement stores.
For more information on finding a pellet stove for sale, contact your local retailer.