No, wood-burning fireplaces and stoves have not been banned; they are still legally allowed to be installed in your home. This is a common misconception, one of a few that seem to persist lately. The fact is that wood burning fireplaces and stoves have come a long way with recent technologies. Here are five other top myths about wood burning fireplaces:
Myth 1: They Aren’t Energy Efficient
There is a massive selection of high efficiency units on the market today, and they can be sized as a zone heater or an entire home heater. With proper professional installations, which have never been easier and safer, and new high temperature chimney systems, burn times can last as long as 14 hours. This means you can heat your home with less fuel for longer – absolutely maximizing heating energy efficiency in your home. Browse our online selection of high efficiency wood fireplaces for a look at some of the options available.
Myth 2: They Are Bad For Air Quality
Clean burn technology has absolutely revolutionized the impact of open wood-burning fireplaces on air quality within the home. Now there is much less overall air and environmental impact. Still, having a wood-burning fireplace or stove is a lifestyle choice – and nothing beats the authentic thing.
Myth 3: They Aren’t Safe
With proper installation and regular service by a certified technician, wood-burning fireplaces, stoves and inserts are extremely safe. High-temp chimney systems have also increased safety dramatically, and by using proper tools and accessories, safety isn’t a concern nearly as much as it once was. In fact, they offer an added level of protection if the power ever goes out, as your family will have heat no matter what. Check out our fireplace service, maintenance and cleaning packages for additional details.
Myth 4: They’re Only Good For Cooler Months
More and more wood fireplaces and stoves are coming with a screen front option so you can enjoy them all year long. The heat that wood gives off is so much more comforting than the furnace, especially in spring and fall, and can be controlled depending on the type of wood and size of the fire kept. All of this combined means wood-burning fireplaces and stoves can be used far longer throughout the year than ever before.
Myth 5: They Aren’t Covered by Insurance
Some people seem to think insurance companies won’t insure a home that has a wood-burning fireplace. While it is something they like to know about, it isn’t a deal breaker and it certainly doesn’t mean you won’t be covered if there’s ever a claim. Check with your insurance broker for your best policy options for a home with wood burning stoves or fireplaces.
If you’re still not sure about the best fit in your home, visit our experienced and knowledgeable team at one of our Calgary fireplace showrooms for more information.