Best Fireplace for a Power Outage
A power outage in Ottawa is not uncommon. An ice storm, high-speed winds or even heavy snowfall can knock out power to neighbourhoods for hours or even days. Since many Ottawa homeowners have furnaces that require electricity to work, a power outage could cause the house to rapidly drop in temperature. A secondary source of heat—like a fireplace—can help keep your home warm until power is restored, but not all fireplaces will work without power.
Wood Burning Fireplace/Stove
If you have a stack of firewood or pellets, you’ll be able to weather a power outage with a wood fireplace or stove. These types of heat sources are not at all affected by power outages, which is why they’ve been traditionally been favoured in homes with harsh weather. There are even models that can double as a cooktop, which provides a safe way to warm food when stoves and ovens aren’t working.
Gas fireplaces with a vertical pilot or those with a self-generating millivolt system will work without electricity and even gas fireplaces with an alternating pilot ignition system will usually work because they include a battery backup. Just remember that blowers and fans will not work without electricity, so you’ll only have the radiant heat from the gas fireplace during a power outage.
Since electric fireplaces require electricity to work, they won’t work when the power is out.
If you’re looking for a secondary source of heat for your home, a wood fireplace/stove or gas fireplace is the best option but the experts at Harding The Fireplace will help you choose the product that best fits your needs and budget.
Harding The Fireplace is your one-stop-shop for everything fireplace related. We take pride in offering the best fireplace selection in the Ottawa area, whether you’re in the market for a new gas or wood—we’ve got all your needs covered this winter.