Fireplaces, Wood Stoves Save Money in Home Heating Costs

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With gas and oil prices skyrocketing, heating a home this fall and winter can lead to lighter pockets for many homeowners. According to Vermont Castings, fireplaces and wood stoves are a great solution since they heat only the areas used most often in the home, which is typically less than 40 percent.*

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The Monessen Serenade Wide View fireplace is a chic zone heating option for modern homes and comes equipped with a remote control to adjust the fire setting.

Most families spend a majority of their time in one or two rooms in their home, so using a fireplace or wood stove to heat only those rooms – called zone heating – can cut back on heating costs significantly.

With gas and oil prices skyrocketing, heating a home this fall and winter can lead to lighter pockets for many homeowners. Skip this seasonal money drain and opt for an easy home addition that will pay for itself over time. Fireplaces and wood stoves, like those made by Vermont Castings, are a great solution since they heat only the areas used most often in the home, which is typically less than 40 percent.* These products eliminate wasted money spent on heating rarely-used spaces.

“Most families spend a majority of their time in one or two rooms in their home, so using a fireplace or wood stove to heat only those rooms – called zone heating – can cut back on heating costs significantly,” said Jess Baldwin, vice president of marketing, merchandising and product development for Vermont Castings. “If a home isn’t already equipped with one of these products, they can typically be put in at a reasonable cost. Installing a fireplace or wood stove is actually much more affordable than homeowners think.”

To save money and energy this upcoming season, consider these products for heating up the most-used rooms in the home:

  •     Wood stove: A wood stove offers a strong heat source and adds rustic charm to a room. The Vermont Castings Two-in-One Defiant wood-burning stove offers both a catalytic burn, for high-efficiency heating as a major heating source, and a non-catalytic burn, which offers supplemental heating to a home. Using the stove in its catalytic mode can save up to $1,400 in fuel costs. This durable, cast iron wood stove is the perfect option for traditional, rustic homes.
  •     Fireplace: Fireplaces also provide a great heat source for zone heating and come in a variety of different styles, from sleek and sophisticated to quaint and cozy. Best yet, a gas fireplace can be installed for less than $3,000. The Monessen Serenade Wide View fireplace is a chic option for modern homes and comes equipped with a remote control to adjust the fire setting without having to get off the sofa. Equipped with Monessen’s Signature Command™ System, the fireplace also features an energy-efficient intermittent pilot light.
  •     Log set: For homes that already have a fireplace, a vent free gas log set can easily turn an unused fireplace into a functioning one. Vent free logs are designed to effectively and efficiently heat the home and can operate without a chimney flue. The Majestic Split Timber log set is 99.9 percent energy efficient and is a perfect fit for homeowners seeking an alternative heat source.

For more information on Vermont Castings’ Defiant wood stove visit vermontcastings.com. For more information on the Monessen Serenade fireplace visit monessenhearth.com. For more information on Majestic’s Split Timber gas log set visit majesticproducts.com.

*HPBA.org, 2011, http://static.hpba.org/uploads/Green%20Heat%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

About Monessen Hearth Systems Company
Monessen Hearth Systems Company (MHSC) is a leading supplier of hearth and grill products throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. Under its four brands, Vermont Castings, Majestic, Monessen and Ambient Technologies, MHSC offers a full line of direct vent, natural vent, vent-free, wood-burning and electric fireplaces, inserts, log sets and stoves as well as outdoor grills and heating products. With more than 600 employees and four locations, MHSC is proud to be on the cutting edge of design, efficiency and environmental responsibility.

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