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Getting Ready for Winter

Heating Costs Have You Down?

It's never too early to make home heating decisions.  Consumers who install new stoves, inserts or fireplaces not only will enjoy warmer homes during the heating season, but also can save money using fuel efficient appliances.  If you plan to install a new hearth product, shop when it's hot to avoid the fall season rush.

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  1. Prepare Early: The earlier you inspect your existing appliances and purchase your new heating product (stove/fireplace/insert), the less likely you will face shortages or delays.  So, take advantage of the offseason to schedule your maintenance and to research, purchase and install new products.
  2. Do Your Homework: Stove vs. fireplace. Gas vs. wood.  Learn more about which product and fuel type will best suit your home and heating needs.
  3. Understand the Importance of Efficiency Ratings: Today, many hearth products are EPA-certified and are efficiency rated.  Stoves/fireplaces/inserts are assigned a score between zero and 100, where higher scores indicate a better job of converting fuel into heat for your home.
  4. Heat Only the Space You Use: Don’t heat your entire house, but use your fireplace/stove/insert to heat the areas you use most.  Zone heating can help you save up to 20-40** percent on your heating bill.
  5. Schedule A Healthy Hearth Checkup: Ensure that your stove/fireplace/insert is functioning properly and efficiently by scheduling an appointment with an NFI Certified technician.

Tools and Links

Everyone is looking for the most fuel-efficient and cost-effective ways to stay warm this winter.  By utilizing HPBA's online tools and resources, you can navigate the products and fuels available and learn about various options for heating your home.

Find Cleaner, Greener Products

After learning more about the types of products available in our Consumer Guide, a few key factors to consider when shopping for new hearth products:

Energy Efficiency: Most hearth products are efficiency rated and assigned a score between zero and 100. A higher score means the stove, insert or fireplace does a better job converting fuel into heat for your home. Look for the highest efficiency rating in your product category.

Renewable Fuels: Consumers have more choices than ever to provide their homes with ambiance and heat, including a variety of renewable fuel options like wood, pellets and corn.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Biomass fuels are believed to be carbon neutral, or better, and replacement trees planted for future biomass use can help capture CO2 through photosynthesis in their growth.

Indoor and Outdoor Pollution: All new wood stoves are certified to meet strict U.S. EPA standards that cut emissions by over 70 percent compared to uncertified stoves. Natural gas and propane are some of the cleanest burning fuel options available.

Recycled Materials: Some manufacturers use recycled metal, glass and other products.

We hope you've found our materials helpful and we encourage you to visit your local retailer to further discuss the best heating options for you this winter.

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