Heating is an important part of the daily lives of households and every month it is a significant source of expenditure. At the moment, heating from renewable energies is recommended by the State as it is more environmentally friendly. And in these times of global warming, using wooden logs is becoming an increasingly encouraged citizen action.

Wood pellets, an ecological solution favoured by the State

During the signing of the European Union’s 2020 Energy and Climate Convention, France committed itself to using 23% of new energies by 2020. This agreement involves, among other things, the use of wood pellets as the preferred means of heating. The use of compressed wood or compacted wood is therefore a crucial environmental issue at a time when greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced or the planet will heat up considerably. In addition to the ecological side, the use of wood pellets as heating is an economical solution compared to other means of heating. Even if renewable energy heating systems can be quite expensive to buy, their use over time makes it possible to see a better profitability with, as a bonus, an act in favour of the environment.

Wood as a heating medium

It is quite possible to heat in an ecological way by using firewood 28. As part of the biomass family; wood is one of the most widely used energies in France and around the world. Both compressed and compacted wood are appreciated for their low purchase cost and high calorific value. Thus, fireplaces now swear by wood pellets and other wood logs to heat themselves at a lower cost than conventional heating. To be a truly ecological solution, you must use very dry wood, because if it is the other way around, combustion can be very toxic. According to expert opinion, the yield with wood pellets can reach 95%. And even with some models, it is possible to heat all rooms in the house with a single appliance. Among renewable energy heating systems, wood pellet stoves are the cheapest. Heat pumps are at the top of the list with models worth up to 50,000 euros. Wood stoves, on the other hand, remain affordable. However, renewable energy can be cheaper for us because the government offers subsidies such as the energy transition tax credit to encourage the use of renewable energy for heating. This makes it possible to significantly amortize the financing of heating. And this method is paying off as more and more houses are adopting this heating method.

Which product to choose?

There is a wide range of wood pellets on the market. The vast majority of these heaters comply with standards such as EN 14961-2. There are 2 categories for pellets for domestic use: premium quality A1 and normal quality A2. There are various standards depending on the type of heating required. The most important thing is to choose the product that offers the best efficiency/price ratio. Some companies even offer home delivery of wood to facilitate the use of ecological heating. Wood pellets are many, but it is advisable to consider some criteria before starting, such as pellet size, moisture content, mechanical durability and certification, which is a guarantee of quality.