As we mentioned before, we love sitting beside a toasty fireplace, especially around the holidays. However, you should take heat loss into consideration. We gave you the easy fixes to reduce the amount of heat lost through the fireplace before; here are a few more that are a bit more involved.
These steps can boost efficiency but involve adding equipment:
• Install a fireback. It’s a cast-iron plate placed in the back of the fireplace that helps radiate heat back into the room, rather than be absorbed by the brick or stonework of the fireplace.
• Install glass doors. These allow you to watch the fire and feel the warmth through the glass while reducing the flow of warm air up the chimney. These also add an extra layer of safety for children.
• Install a top-sealing damper. These are a major efficiency upgrade from the metal damper usually installed within the chimney, and boost the overall energy efficiency of your home year-round.
• Install a fireplace heater. This device pulls fresh air from the room, circulates it through a chamber that is heated by the fire, and then blows the heated (smoke-free) air back into the room. It will maximize the heating value of a fireplace.
To most people, there’s just no substitute for a blazing fire on a cold winter night. Just remember that a fireplace is no substitute for your heating system. In fact, a fireplace can make it work overtime. Keep our tips in mind & enjoy the warmth without burning a hole in your wallet.