If you’re interested in eco-friendly products and a green living environment, wood pellets offer numerous benefits for home heating. According to UKPC, they provide an excellent source of clean fuel for pellet stoves and pellet boilers. Take a look at some of the benefits of heating your home with wood pellets.
Natural gas, propane and heating oil releases carbon into the atmosphere when they are burned. This creates greenhouse gases that contribute to environmental pollution and global warming. In comparison, the life-cycle of wood pellet production and use can be close to carbon-neutral. When burned, wood pellets still release carbon, but it is stored in wood fibers from harvested trees rather than underground sources. Since these harvested trees are quickly regrown, the entire life cycle results in almost no net carbon emissions.
Most wood pellets used for heating fuel are locally or regionally grown. Unlike other types of heating fuel that come from other countries, wood pellets are convenient and easy to use and offer an affordable source of fuel that supports local or regional resources rather than foreign countries. For people who want to support their area or country’s use of sustainable materials and clean energy, heating their home with wood pellets is a wise decision.
Wood pellets burn a lot cleaner than cord wood and other types of heating fuel. When used in pellet stoves, an electric heating element heats up the pellets to start the combustion. There may be a little smoke when the stove first starts to heat, but it quickly disappears when the stove reaches full operation. After that point, there is no visible smoke generated. To help with clean burning, you can set the temperature control on your pellet stove at a higher heat, so the burner won’t cycle on and off as frequently.
Pellet stoves have integral bins that can be filled every few days in cold weather. Pellets are fed into the stove automatically and ignited electrically. Pellet boilers operate with automatic feeding systems that move the fuel from a storage room to the boiler. Most pellet boilers have stand-alone bins that can hold enough pellets for several months. Depending on outdoor temperatures, thermostat settings, pellet storage, and your home’s energy efficiency, regular stoking of pellet stoves and boilers is not required. This provides an added convenience and ease of use for homeowners.