Thursday, August 18, 2011

Making Your Fireplace More Energy Efficient

When thinking of ways to cut costs on heating bills during the winter months, your fireplace is a great place to start. Here are some ideas for making your fireplace more energy efficient:

Purchase a decorative fireback. These cast iron plates are not only decorative but useful as well. Simply install the fireback on the back wall of your firebox to protect it from fire damage. The fireback will also absorb heat from the fire and radiate it back into the room.

Install a top-sealing chimney damper. Top sealing dampers are located at the top of the chimney and have a seal that keeps the warm air in and the cold air out.

Consider using a wood stove. Burning real wood in a wood stove to heat your home can save on heating bills. These cast iron stoves usually sit on a brick platform and have a pipe that goes into the firebox opening. They come in a variety of styles that can complement your home’s d├ęcor.

Add Fireplace Glass Doors. Fireplace doors are a great way to keep out cold drafts when the fire is not burning. These doors are usually made with an aluminum or steel frame and have clear or tinted tempered glass. There are doors made for masonry as well as zero-clearance factory-built fireplaces and can be used with a mesh screen if you burn real wood.

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