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Green is the thing: Energy-efficient heating with renewable biomass fuels


1/22/2009 (Minneapolis)

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Given the volatility and unpredictability of oil and gas prices, trimming and controlling heating costs is important to many homeowners. One alternative that has been widely used by European homeowners for years is gaining fast acceptance in the U.S. energy-efficient home heating with biomass fuels.

Biomass, a renewable energy source, is composed of living or dead biological material that can be used as fuel. Examples of biomass byproducts include cordwood, wood and grass pellets, chips and waste paper, corn, wheat and other agricultural products. In addition to the environmental benefits of utilizing renewable fuels, burning biomass to produce heat in the home is sustainable and carbon-neutral.

In addition to free-standing stoves and fireplace inserts, Harman Home Heating provides furnaces and boilers for central heating that burn biomass fuels. Featuring exceptional energy efficiency and heat output, Harman products can be installed as stand-alone units or to work with other appliances. At the 2009 International Builders Show this week, the company is presenting its new HydroFlex60 pellet boiler, which works in tandem with the homes central oil or gas furnace, giving homeowners the ability to switch between fuel types based on their current market prices.

Our goal is to release homeowners from the volatility and constraints of oil and natural gas prices, said Karen McSherry, Harman Home Heating brand manager. Generally its the consumers who want to save money and reduce their carbon footprint that are interested in these products.

The HydroFlex60 is approximately 85 percent energy-efficient, is easy to operate and maintain, and utilizes the same piping or ductwork as the central heat furnace. For images, visit www.fireplaces.com/profitsolutions.com, and click on Media Kits.

Harman products deliver versatility, high performance and durability allowing homeowners to capture a fires full potential as a clean energy source. High efficiency Harman products meet the guidelines established by the U.S. Green Building Councils (USGBC) LEED for Homes and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Standards for sustainable building practices. For more information, visit www.harmanstoves.com.

About Hearth & Home Technologies Inc.

Hearth & Home Technologies is the worlds leading provider of whole hearth systems including fireplaces, stoves and inserts, as well as furnaces that utilize biomass fuels. Its family of brands includes Harman, Heatilator, Heat & Glo, Quadra-Fire and Fireside Hearth & Home retail stores and builder design centers. The company offers a wide variety of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable hearth products, which are manufactured, packaged and delivered with respect for the environment. Hearth & Home Technologies is a subsidiary of HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI), the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States. More information can be found at www.hearthnhome.com.