Zone Heating - a New Year's Resolution

Nothing compares to the ambiance that a fireplace or stove creates. But most hearth systems aren’t just pretty – they can have brawn too, if you let them. Meet zone heating: it’s a 2015 resolution you can make to be kinder to the environment by reducing the energy used to heat your home. And it can help save money too.<br />According to the U.S. ...
Nothing compares to the ambiance that a fireplace or stove creates. But most hearth systems aren’t just pretty – they can have brawn too, if you let them. Meet zone heating: it’s a 2015 resolution you can make to be kinder to the environment by reducing the energy used to heat your home. And it can help save money too.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy used in U.S. homes. So, for those of us who live in colder climates, we expend a lot of energy in heating. And we pay for it – with money that could be spent elsewhere. But zone heating can help to remedy that.

How Zone Heating Works

Most homes have central furnaces that push large amounts of heat through the duct system, and many furnaces have 90+ percent efficiency at the appliance. But by the time the heat is pushed through the duct system to rooms throughout the home, that efficiency can be much lower. Stoves and fireplace inserts deliver heat directly into the room, providing warm air immediately at the appliance. And that’s why zone heating – simply turning down the central thermostat and using your hearth to heat your main living area – is so effective.


Heat & Glo 6000 CLX Gas Fireplace


Most energy efficient hearth systems are capable of zone heating. And if your home is big, there many models that will heat large areas. Examples include the Heat & Glo 6000 CLX for gas fuel, the and the Harman P68 for pellet fuel, and the Quadra-Fire 5700 Step Top for firewood.


Quadra-Fire 5700 Step Top Wood Stove


It’s actually a simple concept – zone heating. So why not give it a go this winter? For a visual depiction of how zone heating works, check out our video here.
Source: www.fireplaces.com