Choosing the right stove for your home can be tricky if you either don’t know what you want it for or simply don’t know much about stoves. Don’t worry about it; we don’t expect you to be an expert. We’ve decided to help you out and made a helpful guide on how to decide which stove is right for you.
What do you want it for?
So the first thing you need to consider when choosing the perfect stove for your home is what do you actually want it for?
Do you want it to warm up a single room? Or do you want to use it as central heating and for hot water? Stoves are a great way of cutting down central heating costs, especially if the stove you’re after uses logs, as they are the cheapest form of fuel.
There are multiple different kinds of stoves, but let’s take a look at the main three; Freestanding, Insert and Double Sided. Freestanding is a good choice if you want something that is portable and easy to move.
Inset stoves are fitted into the wall, for example in the place of where a fireplace would go. They are more efficient than a fireplace because a lot of heat tends to escape through the chimney. Double Sided stoves are designed to produce heat in multiple directions, perfect if you have multiple rooms or a large room to heat up.
Freestanding, double sided and inset stoves are all available in a range of different styles and designs, and the design of the stove is very important. You could go for a traditional looking stove that will add a rustic feel to the room and set the tone.
On the contrary, you could opt for a contemporary, modern stove to bring your room into the 21st century. We suggest finding a design that fits the style of the room you’re planning on putting the stove in.
What should I choose: Gas, Wood-Burning, Electric or Multi-Fuel?
Now it’s time to take a look at the different types and decide; what kind of stove is right for your home?
Gas stoves are very reliable and will continue to supply heat to your home in the event of a power cut. They take the edge when it comes to cooking as the constant flame allows for faster cooking and better control. However, gas stoves are more expensive to install but as they do not use electricity their low operation costs mean you may find that you will save enough over time to cover the initial expense.
Wood-burning stoves are the most environmentally friendly option and have the potential to produce carbon-neutral heat. Wood stoves are cheapest in both initial cost and heating costs. They can be converted into a multi-fuel stove, but they may not be suitable for every home as ventilation requirements mean they may even need to be placed outdoors.
Electric stoves are the most efficient stove, they are easy to operate and also inexpensive to install compared to their counterparts. Electric stoves are easy to clean and present a very, very low fire risk. However, the use of electricity does mean they will affect your energy bills and will be out of use during a power outage.
Multi fuel stoves offer the greatest flexibility with the ability to produce heat from a variety of fuels, such as wood, coal and peat. Multi fuels offer the reliability of wood-burning stove with a slightly lower fire risk and can be placed indoors. However, they tend to be more expensive and they’re not as environmentally friendly as other stoves.
What brand should I choose?
Here at Amberglow, we stock a huge variety of fantastic stoves from the leading brands. Some of these brands include Stovax, Charnwood, Dimplex, Chilli Penguin, Esse and Contura.
Whichever brand you pick, we recommend you have your stove installed by a professional to ensure it’s done safely. We actually offer a Hetas full installation fitting service ourselves for multi-fuel and wood burning stoves. For more information, give us a call.
If you have any more questions about choosing the right stove for you, feel free to contact us. We’d be more than happy to help.