Feb 26, 2016
If you are starting your research on pellet stoves and considering a switch from more traditional means of heating your home, you’re likely to come across the mention of EPA and emission standards. We want you to know what you’re reading and how it applies to your pellet stove buying decision.
American Energy Systems has been manufacturing pellet stoves a very long time. We’ve been designing for the times since the 1970’s, we are well informed about what homeowners need to consider when looking for a pellet stove. It’s the main reason we created this complete buyers guide to answer your questions and provide information about the questions you didn’t even realize you should ask!
So, what does this all mean? EPA is an acronym for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and emission standards are a way to regulate products and help insure they are environmentally friendly. Over the years, emission standards have changed.
So what should you look for in a pellet stoves and emissions standards?
With the new EPA regulations that went into effect on May 15, 2015, all solid fuel stoves, furnaces and fireplace inserts (whether cord wood or wood pellet fuel burning) must be labeled and certified to have emissions of 4.5 g/hr or less and by 2020 must be 2.0 g/hr or less. Many cord wood burning models have achieved the 4.5 g/hr but may struggle with the 2.0 g/hr in 2020.
Wood pellet stoves are typically around 1 g/hr and exceed today’s standards and also the 2020 standards.
It is important that you take a look at the certification label that is required to be attached to the stove to be sure that it meets the current regulations standard. American Energy Systems MagnuM brand appliances exceed the new emission standards. If you have questions about this or anything else, please don’t hesitate to call our heating specialists at 1-800-495-3196