Wood burning boilers can provide heat and hot water to your home through natural fuels, and provide a number of benefits over traditional electric or natural gas powered boilers. Understanding the benefits associated with a wood burning boiler can help you decide whether or not installing one is the right choice for your home.
The Advantages of Wood Burning Boilers
- Reduced Energy Costs: Using a wood powered boiler to provide your home with hot water and heating replaces the need to use traditional power sources, which will in turn cut down on your energy bills, saving you money in the long run. This is especially relevant for areas in the country where lots of scrap and burnable wood is available.
- Cost Effective: It should also be noted that in addition to reduced long-run energy costs, wood is much cheaper than natural gases or even electricity, which means that simply purchasing the fuel necessary to power a wood burning boiler is cheaper than the available alternatives.
- Easily Retrofitted: Wood burning boilers can be retrofitted onto already existing furnace and hot water heating systems. Because already existing ductwork can be used, installation costs are greatly reduced, increasing the viability of wood burning boilers for consumers operating under a strict budget.
- Safety: Wood burning boilers are located outside your home, and transfer heat to your home through hot water moved through underground pipes. Wood burning boilers can be located several hundred feet away from your residence. This reduces the risk of a fire, and in the event that a fire does occur, it will be located sufficiently away enough so that you can respond to the danger before it does significant damage to your home.
- Environmental Sustainability: Though burning wood does release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it is not nearly as damaging as fossil fuels. It is also important to note that wood is a renewable resource, and can be sustainably exploited without damaging the environment.
The Drawbacks of Wood Burning Boilers
While wood burning boilers provide a number of benefits to your household, there are a few important drawbacks to take into consideration when considering installing a unit in your home.
- Storage: Wood takes up a lot more space when compared to fossil fuels and electricity, which means that you need to have a great deal of storage space on your property to properly fuel your boiler.
- Manual Heating: You will have to feed your boiler yourself every day if you want to get heat in your home, which can be a serious concern during periods of heavy snowfall in which it can be difficult to walk the several hundred feet to reach your boiler.
- Degradation: As they are located outside, wood burning boilers can become damaged by rust and weather exposure very quickly, which may require special coatings, repairs, or replacements over time, which can drive up long term costs.
For more information about boilers like these, speak with a company like Boiler Services, Inc.