Keep Your Fireplace Energy Efficient and Safe this Season
December 19th, 2012
December 19th, 2012
As the weather gets colder, homeowners tend to burn fires in the fireplace more frequently. Plus the holidays evoke thoughts of gathering around a crackling fire to socialize, drink hot cocoa and eat holiday treats. However, this warm, cozy atmosphere could potentially be costing you more money in your heating your home.
Fireplaces are great for heating the room that they’re located in, but they’re not so great as far as the rest of the house is concerned. First, most of the heat in traditional wood-burning fireplaces escapes up the chimney. It doesn’t really heat your home’s living spaces. Plus the draft created by the fire and the open chimney flue can pull air into your home through gaps in the windows and doors, causing heat to be lost from other rooms in the house. So, your thermostat will have to work harder to maintain the temperature in your other rooms.
Another issue is wood-burning fireplaces may emit large quantities of air pollutants that can have adverse health effects. However, fireplace inserts (wood-, pellet-, or gas-fueled appliances that fit into a conventional open fireplace) have lower emission rates and are great for boosting your home’s energy efficiency since they help to circulate hot air into a room. Plus, because newer fireplace inserts include a catalytic combustor, you’ll have less buildup of flammable chimney deposits called creosote. So if you decide you want to supplement your home’s heating, make sure you install a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-certified insert.
However, if your home doesn’t have an efficient fireplace insert, and your winter just wouldn’t be the same without a crackling fire, here are some tips to follow for improved efficiency and safety.
By following these tips you can save money on your energy bills and stay safe while still enjoying a roaring fire this winter.
Grandview Lending wishes you and your family a happy holiday season. And when you’re ready to purchase a new home or refinance your existing home, we can help you reduce the risk – and the stress – of your loan approval process.
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