by Gail Browser
(New York, USA)
In addition to this, there are other things that you can do to insure that your fireplace is not costing you too much money in energy costs.
For one thing, make sure that you have a damper on the fireplace. This will help to keep the heat in while still allowing the necessary ventilation. Make sure that you use it as well. To do so, it needs to be working in its proper way.
Of course, you should have your fireplace checked out each year as well. If you use your fireplace, this is a necessary task to have completed. It will allow you to make sure that the fireplace is working correctly and that there is no build up of soot or carbon in the actual chimney. Removing and having this cleaned also can help to insure that the fireplace is keeping you safe and warm too.
If you do not have any, add glass doors to the front of your fireplace. As the fire dies down after you have used it, the glass doors will help to keep the heat from being lost altogether.
Keep ash and debris out of the fireplace as much as possible too. The build up of these in your fireplace can cause problems with the ability to generate heat.
For your insert, consider one that is both tube and glass. The glass doorsof your fireplace will actually keep you from losing too much heat, as we mentioned. In addition, though, when you add on a tube and blower to your fireplace, you can keep the glass doors closed and force the heat out into the home, allowing for better and more energy efficient usage of it. You get more from the fire, in other words.
Yet another option to consider is the heater insert. This is the ideal choice for those that are looking for a way to get the most benefit from their fireplace. In this case, you will need a well designed, efficient model. It should come with blowers as well as thermostats.
Simply place them into your fireplace and they will allow you to increase your heating efficiency because it will help to maintain the heat there. You do not lose the effect of the fireplace that we all love so much either.
Don’t give up your fireplace; just make sure that you get the most from it without losing from it.
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