As you sit in front of your warm and crackling fireplace, do you ever think about the energy it consumes? Depending on what type of fireplace you have, it may be using more energy than it creates. As heat goes up the chimney, it draws cold air in from the rest of the house. When the fireplace isn’t burning, it can let warm air escape through the chimney. From the experts at Igne Ferro, here are a few ways you can increase the efficiency of a wood burning fireplace:
Purchase a Damper
Since chimneys connect your home to the outdoors, it’s important to have something blocking dust, debris, and organic matter from coming into your house. A damper is a metal flap that sits above the chimney’s throat and controls the amount of smoke and air circulating through the fireplace and up into the chimney. When the fireplace isn’t in use, closing the damper will trap warm air inside your home, and prevent cold outdoor air from entering through the chimney. As dampers age, they become less efficient. It’s important to have your damper regularly maintained and checked by a professional.
Burn Seasoned Firewood Only
The type of wood you burn makes a big difference when it comes to heating your house. Softwoods, like cedar, pine, and spruce, produce significantly more smoke than hardwoods, and don’t burn nearly as well. The more smoke goes up and out the chimney, the more energy is wasted. Seasoned hardwood, like alder, oak, and birch, are dry, brittle, and ready to be burned. Hardwoods also produce much more heat than softwoods.
Install a Fireplace Insert
Your fireplace efficiency can be improved by up to 10% with the help of a fireplace insert. In fact, these handy units are designed for maximum efficiency. Made with heavy cast iron and steel, and a glass pane on the front, inserts provide a closed chamber for wood to burn. Heat from the fire is trapped in the box, and slowly radiates into your home.
Hire a Professional for Regular Cleaning and Maintenance
Not all fireplace problem can be spotted with the naked eye. Hiring a local fireplace expert to clean, inspect, and maintain your fireplace will ensure that it keeps burning for years to come, and does not pose a threat to you, your family, and your home.
At Igne Ferro, we provide top-quality custom-built fireplaces, fireplace accessories, countertops, and barbeque grills. We also offer installation, maintenance, and repairs on all fireplace units. To learn more about our services, get in touch with us today!