When winter storms hit, the primary concern for many homeowners is making sure their family stays warm and cozy inside on matter how cold it is outside. Unfortunately, if the weather knocks out the power this can be difficult to do, even if you have a fireplace or other heating appliance.
There are a number of heating appliances that can not only keep your family warm in the event of an emergency, but are also safe to use when the power goes out. The following are three safe options for heating your home in an emergency.
While wood burning fireplaces create a cozy space to curl up in front of, few are efficient enough to heat more than a small portion of the room. Wood stoves, however, are much more efficient, creating little to no particulate emission as well as enough heat to warm an entire home.
Modern wood EPA certified wood burning stoves are efficient and easy to use and require no electricity to run. Because of this, they are an excellent choice for use in emergency situations when there is no electricity. As an added bonus, some wood stoves can also double as a cooking source!
Because wood is a readily available and inexpensive fuel source, wood stoves have low cost of operation. However, wood stoves need to have their chimneys swept at least once per year – if not more – in order to remove soot, ash, and creosote in order to operate safely.
Pellet stoves with battery back-ups and Gravity Fed Units
Pellet stoves are popular because they are one of the most efficient heating appliances available. The small, compressed pellets are made with recycled wood and wood materials and are able to burn almost completely with little to no leftover residue.
Although the majority of pellet stoves require electricity in order to run the hopper, some models are equipped with their own battery packs that can allow them to continue operating for short amounts of time when the electricity goes out. Likewise, because the amount of electricity required for operation is so small, pellet stoves are a popular choice for homeowners with small generators. Additionally, there are pellet stoves that use gravity to feed the hopper so no electricity is needed.
Direct vent fireplaces
If you prefer gas over other styles of fuel burning appliances, direct vent fireplaces offer the safest way to heat your home. Because direct vent fireplaces do not have chimneys, they vent and draw air directly from outside your home. This virtually eliminates the chance for dangerous gasses such as carbon monoxide to build up inside your home, one of the primary safety concerns when the power goes out.
While most direct vent fireplaces require electricity in order to run the blower, many units come equipped with emergency backup battery packs. However, even with the blower running it may not provide enough heat to thoroughly heat more than the room it is located in.
Keeping your family warm in the event of an emergency is one of the best reasons to own a fireplace or stove. No matter what kind of heating appliance you pick, you can rest assured that your family will be safe and warm if the power goes out. Contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today for more information on safe heating for emergencies.