If you’re suffering from the Winter Blues, here are some thoughts on how you can use a wood-burning stove to bring a bit of cheer to the dull days and cold nights.
1. Weather proof heating
Winter is a time for broken boilers, cracked pipes, frozen roads stopping oil deliveries and a host of other problems that result in your heating being out-of-use when you need it most. That’s uncomfortable for all of us, particularly if there are young or elderly members of the household. If you’ve got a wood-burning stove, you’ve always got a form of heating that’s under your control and unaffected by cold weather.
2. Create a cosy home
The cold, wet and grey weather can leave you feeling a bit down in the dumps during the winter months. We hear anecdotally from our customer that fitting a wood-burning stove can address this. Your home feels cosy, it looks cosy and it is cosy. It’s nice to have a little haven of warmth amid the winter chill.
3. Get some outdoor activity
Head out to collect wood or just go outside to chop some wood you’ve already got. The physical activity will release the chemical serotonin in the brain, which will help to cheer you up. If you’re outside you’ll also be getting the most of what little daylight is on offer at this time of the year and getting a pleasant change of scenery, which is always nice.
4. The light from the fire is good for you
Granted, it’s not as good as the natural sunlight we’ve already mentioned, but it’s good for you nonetheless. With the days so short, for centuries people have lit fires on winter evenings to provide both warmth and light.
5. Reduce your heating bills
If mammoth energy bills are getting you down, a wood-burning stove could be the light at the end of the tunnel. Using a stove ends your reliance on the big energy suppliers. You can attempt to cut them out completely or use your stove to limit your need to switch on the central heating. If you install a boiler stove you can also use the stove to heat your radiators and water.
With energy prices constantly on the rise and tipped for further rises in 2013, now is a great time to end the struggle to pay the bills.