Forced air space heaters work well as secondary heat sources for spot heating. They are somewhat inefficient for general diffuse heating of large areas, but can work as temporary heating for basement or garage work areas. Safety is a real concern with these units, as sadly, every winter you read about someone dying from carbon monoxide poisoning due to improper ventilation. Read the manufacturers instructions, please.
Fireplace flue installation should only be done by a professional, experienced installer. If this is not possible, then it should be at the least overseen by a professional; they will know the latest regulations and building codes, best materials and safest most efficient designs.
If flues are not properly installed you risk drawing deadly Co2 and other fumes into your home, as well as chimney fires. The following outlines some basic principles but we recommend the actual installation not be done by the average homeowner.
In bygone years, many homes were heated with coal, but that practice has fallen out of favor for several reasons. For one thing, coal is a messy fuel, and pollution is created when it burns.
In areas where it is abundantly found, however, it is the cheapest fuel for heating, and that is enough to get the attention of a lot of people in these days of high priced fuels.
For North Americans, coal begins to look good also because it is “made in America” which means using it for heating reduces our dependence on foreign oil. So what are the possibilities of heating with coal these days?
There are many DIY projects that can be done with minor effort and if you keep up maintenance on it, you will never have to worry about it again. Your furnace duct work, for example, can be replaced, cleaned, and renovated once, then all you have to do it keep up with cleaning and maintenance so that you will never have to worry about major DIY furnace duct work again.
Keeping Your System Clean
Installing a pellet stove in the basement of your home can be accomplished with ease if you are willing to follow the installation instructions for the stove to the letter. A pellet stove basement installation requires many specifics to be met to install the stove properly and ensure that it can be operated safely by the homeowner.