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DEFRA Exempt: What does it mean and why is it important?

DEFRA Exempt: What does it mean and why is it important?

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Here we look at everything you need to know about DEFRA exempt stoves and why it's so important.

There are a lot of terms within the heating and air conditioning sector which the average homeowner may not understand. One of these terms is DEFRA Exempt. Some also say this as DEFRA Approved. Here is all you need to know about the term to help you understand when the installers use it in reference to your home and the stove.

What is DEFRA Exempt?

DEFRA is an acronym for the Department of Environmental, Farming, and Rural Affairs. They are responsible for ensuring that the Clean Air Act within the UK is followed by all stove installations. DEFRA takes into consideration all aspects of the stove to determine whether it emits harmful pollution into the air. Those that fall under the guidelines of DEFRA are exempt or approved by the organization.

Why is it Important?

The world is a big place and pollution has been an ongoing issue throughout the history of humans. There are over 65 million people in the UK alone and all of those people need some form of heat. Even if everyone were to rely on the standard central unit for their main fuel source, the power can go out leaving the homeowner in the cold. A wood burning or gas stove is an excellent resource for both main heats as well as backup heat in these circumstances. The number of people that have stoves in the UK is increasing with each passing year.

The impact of pollution from a non-DEFRA exempt stove would cause cataclysmic damage to the environment and in a country as densely populated as the UK, the impact on human life could be quite detrimental. DEFRA exempt policies are able to keep the pollution in check to reduce the risk of too much pollution getting into the atmosphere. Some areas of the UK do not require the use of DEFRA exempt stoves due to their location, so before purchasing any stove, be sure to understand where you live and what is required for your area.

Pros to DEFRA Exempt Stoves

Better for the Environment -The most obvious pro to the DEFRA Exempt stove is the fact that it is better for the environment. Even if the scope of the pollution within your area is not at the top of your list, it is always a better idea to invest in home features that make your family have better health as opposed to equipment that may inhibit their overall health.

Fire Concerns – When dealing with gas or wood burning stoves, the subject of chimney fires will inadvertently come up. DEFRA exempt stoves offer better ventilation, so the trapped gas and smoke has little risk of causing a fire. Due to the ventilation requirements of these stoves, the homeowner is also able to enjoy a cleaner flue and stove altogether as the increased ventilation wards off creosote build-up.

Easy to Move – When people move from one area to another, they are not likely to leave their stove behind. Having a DEFRA exempt stove offers maximum flexibility when moving from one location to another. Having a non-DEFRA exempt stove will greatly limit the areas where the stove can be used within the home.

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