Adding a supplemental heat source to your home, such as a fireplace or wood stove, can go a long way toward lowering your heating bills during the winter. Pellet stoves, relatively new to the residential market, have become very popular over the last few years. Using compressed pellets made of recycled wood materials, pellet stoves can help heat a room or a whole floor, depending on their size; it also isn’t necessary to have a fireplace in Springfield to install one. If you are looking for a way to significantly supplement your heating, you may want to consider the installation of a pellet stove by a specialist from Design Air, Inc.
How Does a Pellet Stove Work?
Pellet stoves heat via convection. Convection heat describes the way heat moves through gases, including air. Pellets stoves heat this way because they blow the hot air generated in the stove into your living space. Here are the main components in a pellet stove:
- Hopper – space that holds the pellets
- Auger – large turning device that looks like a screw
- Burn pot – where the pellets land, ignite and burn
- Ash pan – pan where the ash drops
- Heat exchanger – metal tubes that conduct the heat energy from the flame; the insides of the tubes hold the toxic fumes that are exhausted outside
- Combustion fan – draws in the cool air from your living space that helps ignite the pellets in the burn pot
- Convection fan – blows the warm air into your living space from the heat exchanger
The cycle starts when the pellet stove is turned on either by its thermostat or via a button on the back of the stove; pellet stoves require a small amount of electricity to operate. The auger feeds a small amount of pellets into the burn pot while the combustion fan draws air into the stove to help with ignition. A small, hot electrical igniter warms the bottom of the pot until the pellets light. The auger continues to feed pellets into the burn pot until the flame reaches the correct temperature, as assessed by a small sensor that is attached to the rim of the burn pot. The heat exchanger warms with the rising temperature of the burn pot, and once the correct temperature is reached, the convection fan will blow the warm air into your home as the toxic fumes are exhausted from the system through your chimney.
Benefits of a Pellet Stove
- Convenience – managing the bags of pellets can be easier for many people, and the average burning time for one bag is 8-10 hours. This means you only have to load the hopper twice a day.
- No smoke – pellet stoves do not produce smoke, so you don’t have to deal with smoky rooms or a smoky smell.
- Low ash – the ash content of a pellet stove is significantly lower than a wood stove, and can be easily cleaned with a vacuum.
- Outside doesn’t get hot – unlike a wood stove, pellet stoves are insulated all the way around, making the stove itself (not the glass) safe to touch during operation.
If you have been looking for a supplemental heat source that is convenient and easy to use, a pellet stove for your fireplace in Spring Valley may be just what you need. Call Design Air, Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.