When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
If you are tired of high heating bills during the winter, you may want to consider ways of improving the efficiency of your heating system. If you have already had the furnace serviced and know that it is running at its optimum, you may want to consider adding on to the system. One way you can do this is by installing a wood-burning stove. Here is a bit of information about doing this.
Connect to the Ducts
One way of integrating a wood-burning stove into the system is by connecting the stove to the ductwork for your HVAC. As the warm air from the furnace is forced through the ducts it will pick up the heated air rising from the stove and carry it with it. You will still need to have a stovepipe to carry the smoke from the stove.
System Fan with the Stove
Once you have the stove connected to the ductwork, you can use the fan from the system to force the hot air from the stove through the house. You may b able to keep your home comfortable n warmer days without the need to have the furnace kick on at all. Once the temperature in your home drops below the temperature set on the thermostat the furnace will turn on to add to the heat from the stove. This can greatly reduce the amount of oil, gas, or electricity you use for heat.
A Separate Heating System
If you are not ready to add the stove to the entire system, you can still benefit from having one. Once you have the stove installed, an HVAC technician can come out and check the stovepipe and chimney, so the stove gets optimum air flow for burning the wood. This will keep you from going through the wood too fast while heating the area. A good stove should be able to heat a few rooms easily. Close all the vents to those rooms or have the technician get inside and seal them off from the area. This way, your furnace will not have to heat those rooms and you will save money. You may want to consider having the stove installed in the room farthest away from the furnace to reduce heat loss in the ductwork.
A wood-burning stove is not only a good way to reduce the amount of fuel you need to keep your home warm in the winter. It can also add to the ambience of a room. You can have fun popping corn on the stove on family movie nights too.