Fireplaces have always represented the hearth of a traditional English home. There are now numerous fireplace options at your disposal and some of these will depend upon personal heating preferences. However, it is also important to point out that fireplaces and related fireplace products will soon to be subject to a new set of legislative guidelines. Let’s look at what these regulations mean in terms of traditional home heating methods as well as whether it is better to choose a stove or a fireplace.

What Do the Guidelines Have to Say?

A new type of legislation is set to come into effect in 2022, known as “Ecodesign 2022”. Stoves will need to adhere to strict regulations in order to be approved for sale. The Ecodesign legislation is the stove industry’s response to the DEFRA clean air strategy. The ultimate intention involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This brings us to the next question. Would a traditional wood burning stove or a fireplace be the wisest option if you are looking to lower the carbon footprint of your home? Are gas-powered units more efficient?

Stove or Fireplace? Which Makes the Most Sense?

In order to determine whether a stove or fireplace is the best solution, we will look at three important factors:

  • Efficiency
  • Safety
  • Environmental friendliness

When it comes to efficiency, a wood burning unit is the most effective. This arises from the simple fact that 90% of the heat associated with a fireplace can be lost through its chimney.

When referring to safety, both heating solutions should be considered. While most fireplaces come equipped with mesh grates, sparks may still accidentally leave the hearth. Furthermore, dangerous gases may accumulate if the chimney flue becomes blocked. While these are not as concerning with wood-burning stoves, it is always possible to be scalded by their hot surfaces (particularly if children are present).

Environmental friendliness is a final variable. Due to the fact that wood-burning stoves tend to be more efficient, they are generally considered to be the best choice if you are concerned about the environment. However, certain types of wood placed within a fireplace are also capable of hugely lowering the carbon footprint of your home.

Why Gas Could be the Best Solution When Compared to a Stove or Fireplace

There are advantages and drawbacks associated with each of the options mentioned above. This is why many homeowners are now choosing quality gas stoves. Here are some of the benefits which you can expect to enjoy:

  • These stoves are extremely low-maintenance solutions.
  • They are able to evenly heat a room.
  • You will no longer need to be concerned about stockpiling wood.
  • You can choose from a wide array designs.

Please get in contact with our team at RFC Services if you have any questions or need helpful advice on the best option for your home.

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