What to consider when planning where to place your stove
The choice to purchase a new stove for your home is a smart one. Whether you are choosing a gas or a wood burning stove, you will enjoy the benefits of energy efficient heating along with instant heat whenever you need it. Homeowners can sometimes be a little concerned about installing a new stove into their home, not for fear, but rather concern of where to place the stove within the home. Your licensed stove dealer can give you advice on where the best place would be to install the unit, but if you want to have some idea about where you want the unit to be prior to installation, here are some things to consider when choosing the place for your stove.
One of the most important things to consider is the space within the room. Stoves require space and in a small room, the space can be quite limited. It might seem like a good idea to put the heater close to a window for ventilation purposes, but this can actually be a negative if the window has curtains or any flowing fabric hanging from it. Even though the stoves are remarkably safe, fabric that is in close proximity to the stove can become a fire hazard.
Air flow of the home
Most stoves are installed in a central room within the home. The reasoning for this is for heat flow purposes. The central location will allow for the heat to get into all rooms of the home when the doors are opened to the additional spaces minimizing cold rooms within the house. Even homes that have two storeys can benefit from a ground level stove as the heat rises into the upper rooms of the home. A home that has many closed off areas or a larger layout may have to invest in multiple stoves to heat the home adequately, but a small home with two or three bedrooms can often be warmed efficiently when the heater is placed in a central and easy accessible area.
Stoves can be quite heavy and therefore, older homes that have weak floors may not be able to accommodate the weight of the unit. Even if the space you intend on placing the stove is a central location, it is a good idea to have the space inspected to see if the weight of the stove can be supported by the existing floor. Installation of extra beams and supports may be recommended. Furthermore, the stove will not actually sit on the floor itself, but rather on an inlaid fire resistant material such as stone to maximize the heating ability and safety of the unit. the material will also be installed on the wall where the flue will be, so be sure that there is nothing about the area that you will not want covered up.
There are a lot of terms within the heating industry that have to do with the environment. DEFRA is one of these terms. It refers to the Department of Environmental Farm, and Rural Affairs. They manage the pollution aspect of the stoves on the market today. The stoves that are DEFRA Exempt are those that meet the strict specifications, meaning that they do not pose a significant threat to the environment with emissions from the system.
Homeowners that are not in a DEFRA area do not have to purchase a DEFRA exempt stove, but when doing so, it is always best to pay the extra money to get the DEFRA exempt certification as these units are the most energy efficient on the market and if the homeowner decides to move into a DEFRA area, the stove can be installed in the new residence instead of having to purchase a new one that is exempt.
How much heat does your home need?
The installer can advise on the size of the unit for the home. The size of the home will have a lot to do with the size of the unit the homeowner should purchase. In this case, a larger than needed unit is not always best as the oversized system can overheat the home causing the homeowner to have to keep the system on low which will cause more soot within the unit.
An average sized home will be kept remarkably warm even during the coldest of temperatures. A wood stove can be installed by the homeowner, but the task can come with certain risks if they do not have prior experience. For the benefit of the home and family, it is best to trust the task to a professional installer to ensure that all specifications and ventilation needs are adhered to.