Pick a Heat Register that Functions Well while Looking Good

A heat register is put in place to cover the hole where the ductwork for the heat comes out. Registers can be found for the floor, wall and baseboard. A heat register has very little effect on the flow of the heat because the pressure produced by the fans is enough to push the heated air through. Most register options can be found in wood and metal. Metal tends to stand up better than wood over a period of time.

Common Heat Register Formats
  • Floor heat registers are designed to be placed in the floor. They are commonly used in homes with basements. Floor registers are built to withstand being walked on so they are usually more expensive than wall registers.
  • Wall registers are placed directly in the wall and held in place through the use of screws or magnets.
  • Baseboard registers are placed directly at the baseboard. They are most commonly found in homes which are 60 years old or older. They can be found in several different types of metal.
Steps for Choosing the Right Heat Register
  1. Determine if you need a floor register, baseboard register or wall register based on the position of the piping.
  2. Determine if you need louvers which can be used to direct or cut off air flow.
  3. Pick the color and style you like. Custom styles offer more design options but they will cost at least twice as much as standard styles.
Outdoor Wood Boiler Benefits

An outdoor wood boiler (OWB) has grown to become a very popular item in many United States households. These types of boilers tend to be self contained and are usually made out of metal siding. They are connected to the building and supply heat through underground water piping. The water piping is usually insulated. Below are a few benefits to an outdoor wood boiler.

Benefit 1 - Large Fueling Chambers

Unlike other wood stoves, a wood boiler is designed with ample room for firewood. This is great for the homeowner who does not have the time to constantly refuel the boiler with additional wood.

Benefit 2 - Lower Insurance Costs

Instead of having an indoor wood burning fireplace, your source of burned wood remains outdoors and insurance companies generally will provide you with lower homeowner insurance rates.

Benefit 3 - Lower Costs

This type of boiler will cost you less, overall as compared to other types of heating systems and sources for the home. With a little time and muscle, you can have yourself a nice stack of wood, ready to fuel your wood boiler.

Benefit 4 - Reduce Carbon Gases

If you are looking to go 'green'; try installing a wood boiler as your home heating source. You no longer need to use the fossil fuels to burn and supply you with heat.