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A Buyer’s Guide: Why Should You Consider A Pellet Stove?

Many of our clients in the southern Cascade Mountains are converting to pellet stoves to provide primary or supplemental heat for their homes.  Most people are doing this because they can no longer manage the logistics of a wood fired stove.  For some, the cutting, hauling, splitting, stacking, and carrying of wooden logs into the home, along with the messy cleanup a traditional wood stove creates, can be difficult.   Pellet stoves offer heat from traditional wood fuel with a contemporary and technologically advanced edge.  They automatically burn pellets made from recycled sawdust, heating your home with very little waste by-product.  And just like a gas furnace, a pellet stove can be used to automatically control a room’s temperature using a programmable or WiFi enabled thermostat.  With all the advantages of a traditional wood-burning stove’s rich, radiant, convection heat, pellet stoves add the convenience of a gas furnace but without the hassle of hauling and cleaning, and without the high cost of operation.  

Benefits of using a Wood Pellet stove:

  1. Wood pellets are made from compressed recycled materials, which reduces the amount of moisture involved and causes the stove to burn hotter and cleaner.
  2. Wood pellet stoves emit fewer pollutants than traditional fireplaces.
  3. Pellet stoves can have an efficiency of 90% or more.
  4. Pellets are relatively cheap compared to other fuels.

Disadvantages of using a pellet stove

  1. Pellet stoves do require a bit more work to maintain. The burn pot has to be vacuumed weekly. Every three months you need to clean it out and once a year it needs to be professionally serviced.
  2. Some computer based models require electricity.

Recommended: Warmland pellet stoves from Pacific Energy

At Pacific Energy, we pride ourselves in providing the longest lasting products for our clients.  Designed and built in the Pacific Northwest’s Cowichan Valley (the indigenous name “Cowichan” translates to Warmland), these stoves are engineered for a lifetime of clean-burning, high-output performance and come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty to prove we mean business.

Features: Warmland PS45 and PS45 Classic

  • Design-A-Fire: allows the buyer to customize their fireplace in order to build and create a precise combination of color, finish, and detail that perfectly enhances your home.
  • Dual Air Wash:  Spend more time enjoying the soothing flicker of the fire light.  Pacific Energy pellet stoves come standard with firebox technology that continuously washes the glass door with clean air to prevent soot accumulation.
  • Digital automatic fuel ignition system: No more messy, smelly gels or smoked-out rooms.  One push of a button is all it takes to light the Warmland PS45.
  • Self-cleaning Fire Pot.
  • Dual-level cooking surface (non-Classic).
  • Large ash drawer for convenient ash removal.
  • Mobile and Prefabricated Home approved:  The Warmland PS45 is capable of being installed in a direct vent application (the appliance takes its combustion air from outside the home) and there are fewer clearance considerations compared to a wood stove.  As a result, it is an ideal appliance for owners of a mobile or prefab home who want to cut the high cost of a traditional gas or oil stove while having a comfortable and reliable heat source.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Warmland PS45    

BTU High: 45,000 BTU

BTU Low: 12,000 BTU

Hopper Capacity: Up to 85 lbs.

Efficiency: 87%

Emissions: 1.84 gm/hr

Warmland PS45 Classic
BTU High: 45,000 BTU

BTU Low: 12,000 BTU

Hopper Capacity: Up to 50 lbs.

Efficiency: 87%

Emissions: 1.84 gm/hr

To learn more about Pacific Energy’s Warmland pellet stove, call today for a free consultation and estimate, or click here to schedule an appointment online.  

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3 Ways to Detect a Water Leak In Your House

Here are a few tips to find out if you have a water leak in your home

Over time water pipes can fail because of age, cold winter weather, and many other factors.  This can especially be true in the Plumas, Lassen and Tehama areas.  It can be frustrating when a homeowner discovers a leaky pipe. Sometimes it can be difficult finding those small pesky leaks, which, over time, can cause damage and increase utility bills. It is important to find and repair any leaking water pipes early.  Doing so can save you money and help to avoid costly damage to your walls, flooring and other parts of your home or property.  Here are some signs that you may have a leak and should consider hiring a professional plumber.

No Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be annoying. There are number of factors that can cause low water pressure.  If low water pressure is only coming from the hot water outlets, this might indicate an issue with your water heater or a potential under-slab leak.  Little to no water pressure on both the cold and hot water sides of your water system may indicate a more severe leak, a problem with your well equipment, sediment build-up in your plumbing fixtures, or maybe a malfunction with your water filtration system.  Any one of these scenarios can be quite difficult to remedy and you may want  to consider calling a professional plumber.

Visually Inspect all Fixtures in the Home  

Visual inspection of your plumbing is the number one thing a homeowner can do to prevent costly damage from a leak.  Routinely check all accessible locations within your home that have plumbing fixtures. Make sure all faucets are closing properly and that the surrounding areas are not showing signs of a leak or mildew. If only one faucet in your home has low water pressure, this might indicate there is a water leak, a clogged screen from sediment build up, or you’re beginning to see signs of frozen pipes.

Make sure you check the toilet in each bathroom.  Is there a noticeable sound of water dripping or running? Remove the top lid on the toilet and listen for any noise.  Sometimes the flapper is not properly seated and may require replacement.  A little handy trick is to place a few drops of food dye into the top tank.  After an hour or two look to see if the color is showing in the bowl. This can usually indicate that your toilet tank is leaking through into the bowl.  A continuously running toilet can drastically increase your water bill and also lead to the premature failure of your septic system’s drain field.  

Also, make sure that you check the water shutoffs underneath each of the sinks and toilet. Look for moisture or mildew. Be sure to check the walls and floor for evidence of an intermittent leak that may indicate a leaking pipe inside the wall or under the floor.  A water stained or soft and spongy floor or wall can indicate there is a leak.   

Your Water Bill has Increased

Another important step in finding a possible water leak is to check your service meter.  This can help you determine if your water usage has gone up over time.  The first thing you need to do is determine if your daily water usage has not increased from such things as a broken sprinkler head or misadjusted irrigation timer. This can be especially true with seasonal homes in the Lake Almanor or Quincy CA. areas.  Make sure you consider any changes in use before turning your attention to a possible leak.  Once you have ruled out an increase in consumption, you can turn your attention to hunting for that leak.  Make sure all faucets are turned off and stop any appliances that require water.  If the indicator dial at your meter is still running after an hour or so, this might be a sign that you have a leak somewhere on the property.  

I Know I Have a Water Pipe Leak, but Cannot Find it.  What Next?

If a leak is not showing any evidence of its location, hiring a professional plumber can be a cost effective solution to your problem.  Water leaks under a slab or deep within the ground may be difficult to detect. We can pin-point the location of your hidden leak with accuracy and without the expense of hunt-and-peck style demolition. Our minimally invasive service can reduce property damage and restoration costs.  Locating leaks non-destructively requires the use of modern tools such as electronic amplification equipment, electromagnetic pipeline locators, and infrared imaging. With the proper equipment, leaks can be found and repaired with minimal disruption to property. In many cases, only a single floor tile needs to be removed and replaced.

We will coordinate with your insurance company during all phases of construction to ensure your leak is repaired in a timely manner and make sure your building returns to its original condition.

Does your home in Lake Almanor, Quincy or Susanville areas have a water leak?  Call Slusher Plumbing Cooling Heating Electric at 530-258-3474 or schedule plumbing service online

 

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