$1,500 Tax Credit For Wood Stoves Ends Dec. 31

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U.S. homeowners can get a 30 percent tax credit of up to $1,500 for purchasing a qualifying wood stove, fireplace or fireplace insert before Dec. 31, 2010. The tax credit also applies to pellet stoves and inserts.

“Financial benefits are derived for years to come with significantly reduced heating costs,” said Karen Smeltz, brand manager for Hearth & Home Technologies, maker of Quadra-Fire and Harman stoves.

U.S. homeowners can get a 30 percent tax credit of up to $1,500 for purchasing a qualifying wood stove, fireplace or fireplace insert before Dec. 31, 2010. The tax credit also applies to pellet stoves and inserts.

Many people have discovered the benefits to heating all or part of their home with wood, particularly if they have access to free or inexpensive cord wood. “Financial benefits are derived for years to come with significantly reduced heating costs,” said Karen Smeltz, brand manager for Hearth & Home Technologies, maker of Quadra-Fire and Harman stoves. “Burning wood in a high efficiency stove also has environmental benefits. In addition to producing low air particulate matter, it is considered carbon neutral since the same amount of carbon is released into the air when burnt as during the growing and decomposition process in the forest.”

In a brief two minute video, Smeltz explains the benefits of heating with wood, including technical advancements that make today’s wood stoves much more efficient than the stoves of the past. Click to see the video: benefits of heating with wood.

Harman and Quadra-Fire EPA-certified wood stoves, fireplaces and fireplace inserts are up to 85-percent efficient, producing more heat with less wood to provide warmth and comfort for many hours. They are clean-burning with minimal ash and outside air emissions. Great efficiencies are attained through high temperatures, ample oxygen and sufficient burning of gases. This system also greatly reduces the accumulation of creosote, a flammable chimney residue.

“All of our wood models qualify for the tax credit,” said Smeltz. “With multiple designs and styles to choose from, Harman and Quadra-Fire stoves feature the most advanced technologies for heat efficiency and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.”

Wood stoves and fireplace inserts are perfect for homeowners who want to live green and also enjoy the crackling sounds and flickering flames of burning wood. For more information about the tax credit, visit http://www.fireplaces.com.

About Hearth & Home Technologies Inc.
Hearth & Home Technologies is the world’s leading provider of whole hearth systems including fireplaces, stoves and inserts, as well as furnaces that utilize biomass fuels. Its family of brands includes Harman™, Heatilator®, Heat & Glo®, Quadra-Fire® and Fireside Hearth & Home® retail stores and builder design centers. The company offers a wide variety of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable hearth products, which are manufactured, packaged and delivered with respect for the environment. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation, the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. More information can be found at http://www.hearthnhome.com.

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