New Year's Resolution: Zone Heating!

If you’re reading this, perhaps you already have a Harman stove or fireplace insert, or you’re dreaming of having one. Nothing compares to the warm ambiance a Harman creates – except the fact it can save you money too. As many Harman owners know, it’s all in how you use it. And here’s where the resolution part comes in – it’s called zone heating.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy used in U.S. homes. So, for those of us who live in colder climates, we expend a lot of energy in heating. And we pay for it – with money that could be spent elsewhere. But zone heating can help to remedy that.

How Zone Heating Works

Most homes have central furnaces that push large amounts of heat through the duct system, and many furnaces have 90+ percent efficiency at the appliance. But by the time the heat is pushed through the duct system to rooms throughout the home, that efficiency can be much lower. Stoves and fireplace inserts deliver heat directly into the room, providing warm air immediately at the appliance. And that’s why zone heating – simply turning down the central thermostat and using your hearth to heat your main living area – is so effective.

Harman TL300 Wood Stove

Most energy efficient hearth systems are capable of zone heating. And if your home is big, there many models that will heat large areas. One example is the Harman P68 pellet stove.

It’s actually a simple concept – zone heating. So why not give it a go this winter? For a visual depiction of how zone heating works, read more about it here.