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Unsure about wood burning stove installation?
Wood burning stoves and multi-fuel stoves can transform any home. Not only are they a cost-effective solution to the problem of soaring gas and electricity bills, they emit fewer carbon pollutants than other energy sources and create a welcoming atmosphere and focal point in the living area.
However, these benefits only come into play when the stove is installed and operated safely and inspected regularly. By installing an inappropriate appliance, failing to ensure the chimney and flue are suitable or failing to check for leaks in the flue, you could be reducing the efficiency of your stove, and more importantly, putting the health and well-being of yourself or your family at risk.
There are many benefits to using a HETAS approved expert when installing your wood burner or multi-fuel stove.
- HETAS is an official body recognised by the government to approve domestic heating appliances, fuels and services.
Not only does HETAS have the recognition of regulating authorities, it acts as a quality control body for services and appliances and collaborates with organisations, such as chimney sweeps and manufacturers. This places them in an ideal position to provide reliable advice and recommendations.
- An expert with a HETAS certificate has been fully-trained in good practice techniques for installing stoves and flues.
A HETAS approved installer will have both training and experience in installing stoves and flues; they will be able to advise you how your stove should be operated for maximum safety and efficiency.
- HETAS will take care of the legal paperwork.
In England and Wales, once your stove has been fitted by a HETAS installer, a certificate will be sent to your local authority for approval. This means you can avoid the expense and bother of paying for a representative of the building control office to come out to your house and check the installation meets regulations. While you may pay a small fee to cover the administration charges incurred by HETAS, this will be less expensive than paying an official from your local authority to approve the installation.
- A HETAS approved installer will know what paperwork is required when selling your house.
When you come to sell your house, surveyors and solicitors require paperwork to ensure the installation meets certain standards. If your stove is installed by someone who is not approved by HETAS, they will not be able to provide the certificate which may be required at a later date and may make your property more commercially valuable.