Wood heaters are one of the most common heating systems. It’s estimated that 40% of homes have wood fireplaces and wood heating continues to grow in popularity in part due to the financial benefits they offer over other types of heaters. However, with so many different models on the market, it can be difficult to select the right one for your home. In this guide, we take you through everything you need to know when picking your next insert fireplaces.
What are the different types of wood heaters available?
Wood fireplaces and inserts are divided into two types: direct-vent and non-direct vent. Direct-vent wood heaters are equipped with a pipe that vents gases, pollutants, and combustion byproducts outside of your home. This type of system is also referred to as a sealed combustion unit because it doesn’t let carbon monoxide or hydrocarbons escape into your living space.
Non-direct vent systems allow some combustion byproducts to enter your home through cracks in doors and windows. These units can be more affordable than direct-vent models, but they don’t provide quite as much energy efficiency since they aren’t able to extract all of their exhaust gasses from inside your house. The good news is that most newer models come with safety features like automatic CO2 sensors that shut down operation if levels get too high.
What size do I need?
The first step in deciding which insert fireplaces are right for you is knowing how much space it will need. For example, a wall-mounted unit could be an option if you have a large living room with nothing hanging on that wall, but you might prefer something free-standing that takes up less space in your living room. It all depends on what’s important to you!
Can I get a rebate on an insert heater?
There are rebates available in many places. Look into those before making a purchase so you can save on your next insert heater. It’s possible that there is no rebate program currently active—but check with your local utility company about any new programs that may be announced later. (As of 2015, Alberta Power does not offer any rebates for insert heaters.) Some electricity retailers have committed to offering a rebate of up to $250 on qualifying wood-burning appliances.