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Escape Next Season's High Heating Costs Now

According to the American Gas Association, turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 percent for 8 hours each day can cut annual heating expenses by 10 percent. Hearth products offer an appealing and cost-effective way to turn down the furnace and zone heat the areas where you spend the most time.

Figuring out which zone heating solution is best for you calls for considering your lifestyle, where your hearth will be located, fuel type preferred, and whether design or heat output is the main need.

Pellet-burning appliances still gain favor with property owners because it can cost as little as three dollars to provide 24 hours of steady heat. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, pellet appliances require simply loading pellet fuel, such as wood pellets or corn, into the hopper and starting the unit. An automatic feed system delivers the pellets into the burn chamber. Quadra-Fire takes the technology even further with its Mt. Vernon Advanced Energy Insert. Providing up to 75 percent efficiency, the insert automatically tracks and adjusts heat output, as well as cleans the unit without disturbing operation.

Direct Vent gas fireplaces offer the best level of convenience. Operating at the flip of a switch, Direct Vent gas fireplaces are up to 70 percent efficient. Homeowners can also cut up to an extra 15 dollars off their monthly heating expense by choosing a unit with an IntelliFire electric ignition system found in Heat & Glo, Heatilator and Quadra-Fire brand Direct Vent gas fireplaces.

Many property owners do not understand that their masonry woodburning fireplaces can actually be a source of heat loss. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a woodburning fireplace can exhaust as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour to the exterior, which in turn attracts cold air from the exterior through the home's windows and doors. By converting their woodburning fireplace into a high-efficiency gas, wood or pellet-burning fireplace insert, homeowners can increase the fireplace's efficiency up to 100 percent.Jackson Foster\nJackson Foster

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