As our world becomes more environmentally conscientious, a growing number of individuals are seeking ways to “go green” and cut down on the use of fossil fuels. One of the most popular means for doing so, is by switching to alternative forms of heating. Although many homeowners are aware of their ability to use wood burning stoves inside of their homes, however, they may have no idea that many outdoor wood burning stoves, like Empyre products, are also capable of benefiting the environment without taking up space inside of the house. Here’s a look at five practical uses for taking your heating equipment outdoors.
1. Heat Your Home
During the colder months, most of us depend on our gas furnaces to keep our homes warm and comfortable. By doing so, however, we all must assume the risk that a carbon monoxide leak could introduce the colorless, odorless poison into our houses and endanger the lives of ourselves, our families, and our beloved pets. By investing in an outdoor wood burner (sometimes referred to as a wood boiler), you can reduce this threat while still enjoying the same level of heating. As the heat from outdoors is transferred inside, your system will consume significantly less energy, making this not only a safer heating method, but also a more economical one.
2. Heat Your Floors
Most of us have learned, at one time or another, that the majority of our body’s heat is lost through our feet and through our heads. Because of this, the idea of radiant floor heating is quickly growing in popularity. By utilizing and outdoor wood burner or boiler, you can radiate heat through your floors, which will help to keep your feet, and thus your entire body, feeling warmer without being required to spend as much money on heating costs.
3. Heat Your Water
In addition to providing whole-home heating, your outdoor wood burner or boiler can take the place of your water heater. Once again, this method of providing hot domestic water can be far safer than relying on potentially dangerous gas lines, and is also more cost-effective.
4. Heat Your Hot Tub or Pool
If your home has a pool or a hot tub, you could seriously benefit from utilizing an outdoor wood burner or boiler. Heated pools are very popular during the chillier times of year, and can also be enjoyed during summer nights when the temperature drops. Your hot tub can be kept at comfortable temperatures, as well, by utilizing a safer and more efficient fuel source.
5. Heat Your Garage or Greenhouse
Because wood burners like those in the Empyre Pro Series are designed with dual supply and return ports, they are actually able to provide heat to more than one building or source at once. If you enjoy spending time in your garage or workshop, for example, your wood burner or boiler can be used to keep those areas warmed at the same time that your home is receiving the same benefit. And persons with a green thumb will also enjoy the fact that these eco-friendly heaters can work on their greenhouses.
Your home comfort doesn’t have to be a detriment to the environment or life safety. By investing in a quality outdoor wood burner, you can live greener and safer.
Mark is a heating expert who tries to find sustainable solutions in homes.