How to Heat a Mountain Home in a Green Way
Heating a mountain home is no easy task. The lack of connectivity and (sometimes) electricity can be an obstacle, especially for our generation that has grown so accustomed to it. Fortunately, there still are those who want to experience life in the most natural and green way possible. With that in mind we have elaborated this article! Just like you, we too like to embrace the earth, to live where others dare not to live, to experience different lifestyles and environments. Today, we explore green ways to heat a mountain home. It’s always important to acquire all possible knowledge, to make sure you can have a cozy atmosphere in the mountain while keeping everybody warm.
This being said, let’s find out how we can heat a mountain home. Either you are going on a holiday, a new job in the mountain or even if you decided to live the city and focus your life around a rural area, this is the guide you have been looking for.
In terms of both size and design, pellet stoves are very much like wood stoves. However, they have a big advantage, they use highly renewable resources such as sawdust and switchgrass. They also burn at a lower rate than wood, therefore, being much more efficient and durable. You practically need no fuel to keep a pellet stove on. Consider having 1 pellet stove per 1,500 square feet (140m per square). You can easily get switchgrass, it is grown on soil which is too poor for crops; sawdust from mills. Keep in mind, before buying a pellet stove, that having a nearby source of resources is highly important. If you don’t have one of your own, a neighbor, or even a local supplier, you are better off with one of the following options.
Note: Pellet Stoves emit less Co2 than traditional wood stoves. They burn fuel that would otherwise get tossed away as waste. U.S. Department of Energy confirms Pellet Stoves are the cleanest solid-fuel burning appliance.
Allow me to begin by being straightforward, masonry heaters are not cheap, they are very expensive. However, they are highly efficient, beautiful, and eco-friendly. It has been used for centuries in Scandinavia. A masonry heater is designed to capture and store the heat energy from a solid fuel fire through internal heat exchange flue channels. Thus, enabling a charge of solid fuel mixed with the proper amount of air to emission of unburned hydrocarbons. This allows the Masonry Heater to keep emitting heat after the fire has gone out. In shorter words, Masonry Heaters capture the heat from burning of fuel (mostly wood), and then radiate the heat at a constant temperature for a long period of time. As I said, if you can afford one of these for your mountain home that is great! Unfortunately, it is a very expensive product, we have more cost-effective options on this list that function just as great.
Of course, this had to be on our list, one of the eco-friendliest solutions to heating your mountain home. It is also the most common way people chose to heat their homes nowadays, just plug it in to an electrical socket and it’s ready to heat your home while creating a simple flame effect. It also allows you to adjust the heat temperature it produces. However, it has some cons to it, requires electricity and it will never give the feeling of an actual flame.
Ethanol Fireplaces popularity is quickly growing, the world is discovering the wonders and benefits of Ethanol Fireplaces and bioethanol fires. Why? Well, firstly, it is highly eco-friendly. Ethanol is a renewable energy source, produced by fermenting sugar and starch, it is a carbon-neutral fuel with clean emissions, consequently having no harm to our planet earth. Secondly, it produces a good amount of heat, enough to heat a large room. It only takes on average 15 to 20 minutes to heat a room, you will quickly start feeling the hot air flowing from the flames. Thirdly, it has real flames with none of the danger of fumes and particles, no smoke ash and it requires no electricity.
Note: Bio-ethanol fireplaces are very easy to install, requiring no chimney.
Of all the tips on our list, this is the one that we can say is the least “green way-ish”, mainly because it uses fuel. However, it is the one that is accessible to everyone. Of all the fuels, propane is the less harmful to our environment. In fact, According to Education Seattle, propane is a “relatively clean-burning fuel compared to diesel or gasoline”. However, only consider this option if none of the above are available to you.
Note: use Propane, not Kerosene, the latter is especially bad for the environment.
How are you Going to Heat your Mountain Home?
Tell us how you heat or are going to start heating your mountain home. We value our reader’s opinions and are always ready to start a healthy debate around news ways to protect our environment. Leave a comment below telling us what you think and asking any question you may have. Have a great day fellow earth-lovers!