The cold weather months bring some home-heating woes. One of the most common complaints is that your central furnace heats even unused rooms, wasting energy and money.

The use of zone heating appliances can help you heat your home more efficiently and provide maximum comfort in the rooms you use most. With zone heating, additional heating appliances are placed in the rooms you use most. This allows you to turn down the temperature on your central furnace and focus your heating costs in your home’s most trafficked areas, ultimately saving you money on your heating bills.

If you are interested in adding a zone heating appliance to your home, you have many options in both fuel and style. Zone heating appliances can be fueled by gas, wood pellets or wooden logs. They come in a variety of styles ranging from traditional to modern, so you are sure to find one that fits your home’s style.


While traditional wood-burning fireplaces are an inefficient choice for zone heating, prefabricated stove inserts can be added to your existing masonry fireplace to provide your home with a more economical, efficient and environmentally friendly zone heating option. A stove insert also can be a great way to update the look of your fireplace.

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Gas fireplaces are among the most economical and popular zone-heating choices. Direct-vent gas fireplaces are extremely efficient and convenient. Because they don’t require a traditional chimney, they can be installed easily in almost any home. Vented gas fireplaces also are a heating option, and gas fireplace inserts can be fitted into a traditional masonry fireplace. Gas logs also can be placed into an existing wood-burning fireplace for added heat and ambiance.

Gas stoves

Like gas fireplaces, gas stoves are valued for their efficiency. The stoves are free-standing, and as both vented and ventless options exist, a gas stove can be installed in almost any room. Gas stoves come in a variety of styles to fit your home’s décor and provide the flickering of flames to your favorite room.

Pellet stoves

Pellet stoves are fueled by inexpensive wood pellets, created from compressed sawdust. Freestanding pellet stoves can be installed, or a pellet stove insert can be installed in your existing fireplace. Similar appliances include stoves that are fueled by burning corn or other organic matter.

Wood stoves

While traditional wood-burning fireplaces are a poor choice for efficient heating, a wood stove can be an effective zone heating appliance. Woodstoves, which can be freestanding or inserted into a fireplace, provide the ambiance of a traditional wood-burning fireplace, but put more heat back into your home and less pollution into the environment.

If you are tired of wasting money heating the rooms in your home that are used infrequently, see the experts at TriCounty Hearth and Patio Center to find the zone heating appliance that best fits your needs.