January

Cold Facts About Fireplaces

When you light a blazing fire on a cold winter day, it looks and feels wonderful, but it can be an expensive and inefficient endeavor. A fireplace sends most of the heat in your home straight up the chimney, emitting as much as 24,000 cubic feet of hot air per hour to the outside! You are heating the outside! There are ways though, that you can limit the loss of heat when enjoying a quiet evening by the fire.

Reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom on the firebox (if you have) or open the nearest window slightly – only about an inch – and close the door leading to the room.

Keep it clean by hiring a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney every year to help keep ash and soot from collecting in the fireplace, which reduces efficiency.

Install tempered glass doors and a hot-air exchange system that draws cool room air into the fireplace while circulating warmed air back into the room.

Check the seal on the flue damper and make it as snug as possible.

Keep the fireplace’s damper closed when not in use.

Consider converting your wood burning fireplace to gas. If you love to look at the hypnotizing flames of a fireplace, but want to reduce energy costs, know that gas fireplaces can be 70% more efficient than regular wood burning fireplaces.