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Installing Fireplace Doors Save on Energy Bills

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Nothing can create a feeling of warmth and welcome quite like an open hearth fireplace. A roaring wood burning fire is a great way to create a relaxing ambiance and make any room feel homier.

Unfortunately, open hearth fireplaces are known for their inefficiency. Because of their open design, large amounts of energy are often lost during the combustion process. However, there is one can to make your fireplace more efficient – installing fireplace doors!

There are a number of benefits to installing fireplace doors. In addition to saving money on energy bills, adding fireplace doors is also a great way to change the look of your fireplace without investing in a major remodel. Below are some reasons to consider installing fireplace doors.

1. Save on energy bills

Fireplace doors can help lower your heating and cooling costs. Although a damper can partially seal your chimney from the rest of your house, it does not keep heated or cooled air from escaping. Likewise, dampers often allow warm or cold air from outside your home in, causing your HVAC system to run more in order to compensate. By installing fireplace doors, you are creating an extra layer of protection between your climate controlled air and the outside temperature. This helps keep the temperature inside your home more constant which leads to savings on your energy bills.

2. Increased efficiency

In addition to helping you save money on your energy bills, fireplace doors can also help your fireplace operate more efficiently. Most open hearth fireplaces operate with about 10% efficiency, meaning much of the heat created by the fire is lost up the chimney. Fireplace doors are able to increase efficiency by allowing heat to be better absorbed and radiated throughout the room. Likewise, closing the doors helps mimic the effects of a closed combustion system, helping wood burn more completely.

3. Better fireplace safety

If you live in a home with small children or pets, you may have safety concerns when it comes to using your fireplace. Fireplace doors are an excellent way to create a barrier between the fire and the rest of your home, preventing inquiring hands – or paws – from getting too close to the flames. Likewise, fireplace doors can also keep stray sparks and embers out of the rest of your home, helping to reduce the risk of accidental fire.

4. Updated style

An out of date fireplace can be an eyesore, especially if it does not fit with the style of the rest of your home. Adding fireplace doors is a way to change the look of your fireplace without the costly expense of a complete rebuild. Fireplace doors are available in styles ranging from the contemporary to the traditional, allowing you to find the perfect fireplace doors for your home.

Installing fireplace doors is a great way to help you save money on your energy bills. If you’re interested in giving your fireplace an updated look while saving money and increase efficiency, stop by The Cozy Flame to shop and learn about what fireplace doors can do for you home!

Maximizing Your Fireplace’s Efficiency

For many of us, our wood burning fireplaces create a comforting ambiance on a cold winter day, but the warmth it provides, unfortunately, is usually more show than substance. The explanation is simple enough. Warm air rises. Because of this scientific fact, the majority of the heat produced by your fire attempts to escape through your chimney rather than staying down in your house. Not only that, this rising hot air creates an updraft in its wake that pulls even more warm air up and out right along with it. If you’re in the market to maximize the heat output of your wood-burning fireplace, we can help!

Relax and enjoy the warmth your fireplace with no worries. Boost your fireplace's performance now.

Relax and enjoy the warmth of your fireplace with no worries. Boost your fireplace’s performance now.

Plan Ahead—Season Your Firewood

An easy first step you can take to increase the performance of your fireplace is to season your firewood before burning it. Non-seasoned (green) firewood burns inefficiently and produces a lot of smoke but little to no real heat. The vast majority of the heat energy produced from burning green wood goes into evaporating the excess moisture in the wood instead of going into heating your home. The excess moisture in the wood also attempts to extinguish the fire the whole time it’s burning. Seems a bit counterproductive, doesn’t it? The seasoning process, on the other hand, provides the wood with ample time for the undesirable moisture to evaporate prior to your ever burning it in your fireplace and burns much more efficiently than its non-seasoned brethren.

More Oxygen = Improved Combustion

Now that you’ve seasoned your firewood and have it neatly arranged in your fireplace, opening your damper—throat-mount, top-sealing, or both—as far as possible will increase the amount of oxygen to your fire. It’s science time: this will improve the combustion and, ultimately, increase the amount of heat produced by your fire. One drawback to this increased combustion, however, is that your firewood will burn faster. This will mean that you have to add seasoned firewood more often to get a continuous flow of heat and will therefore go through more firewood over the course of the heating season.

A Yearly Chimney Inspection and Cleaning is a Must

Having your chimney inspected and cleaned by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep yearly will also make it possible to boost your heating performance, as the cleaning process removes the creosote buildup inside your chimney system that can significantly restrict air flow. Once your fireplace and chimney have been cleaned, you can replace the mesh screen in front of your fireplace with tempered glass doors that you can keep closed while the fire is burning. Keeping the doors closed will increase the temperature of the fire in your fireplace and reduce the amount of warm air that the fire pulls from your living space.

Following the steps mentioned above will give your fireplace the kick-start it needs to provide your home with more heat than it might otherwise produce. Our experienced staff takes pride in the service provided to each and every one of our customers. Take a minute to call and ask one of our staff members what is available for your specific application that will help to maximize its performance. One call is all it takes!

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