There are various ways to heat you home. Dalzells of Markethill stock a wide range of solid fuel stoves along with gas fires and electric fires but what are the benefits of each and which one is right for your needs? To help you choose Dalzells have put together the following buyers’ guide. Better still why not visit our retail store at markethill where we have the biggest selection of Stoves & Fires in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with the best deals available. You’ll also get expert advice from our HETAS approved customer service specialists.
Apart from the wonderful feeling of curling up in front of a roaring fire there are many benefits of installing a wood burning stove. For a start they look beautiful and are available in both cast-iron, traditional models and modern cutting edge designs. Then there are the savings you can make. If you have access to good quality wood for burning then you’ll have no fuel costs to think about. If you have to buy wood for burning then the cost will be about £150 per year which is much cheaper than gas or electricity. Then there are the eco-friendly benefits. The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere when burning wood is about the same as that absorbed by the tree during growth. This is what we refer to as the ‘carbon neutral process.’
If you would prefer a choice of heat source then you can opt for a multi-fuel stove which can burn coal, wood and smokeless fuel. You can also use your stove to heat your water which will also help to keep your fuel bills down. If you don’t want a multi-fuel or wood-burning stove but like the traditional stove style then you can also buy gas stoves or electric fuelled stoves.
Whichever stove you choose it will need to be connected to a flue to allow the CO2 to escape. If you don’t have access to a chimney you can still have a stove installed using a twin-wall flue type system. Never however, attempt to install a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove yourself. Always make sure it is installed by a professional HETAS approved specialist. Visit Dalzells of Markethill and we’ll give you the right advice and help you choose the best stove for your needs.
The simplest way of heating your home, an electric fire doesn’t need a chimney or hearth. All you need is access to a plug socket and you’re up and running. Electric fires have a come a long way in the last few years. As well as insert electric fires which would fit into a hearth you can buy wall mounted electric fires for a more contemporary look or inset electric fires which fit into a wall recess. Modern electric fires now also have stunningly realistic flames to give you the full effect.
A gas fire is still one of the most popular ways to heat your home. Easy to maintain and very economical, gas fires have come of age in the last few years. As well as inert gas fires which fit into your hearth, you can buy wall mounted or even inset or cassette gas fires which fit into a recess in your wall.