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Opt for an Energy-Efficient Fireplace

Save Time and Money by Increasing Energy Efficiency

Here are some tips to follow if you want to maximize the heating potential of your fireplace and save big on your energy bill.

Here are some tips to follow if you want to maximize the heating potential of your fireplace and save big on your energy bill.

A fireplace gives you the warmth and comfort that you need. They come in all shapes and sizes, but if designed poorly, you spend more for less—too much money spent on trying to keep it functional and efficient, while getting less heat out of it. Any sensible homeowner wants to avoid this type of situation. So, Magic Sweep will give you some tips to follow so that you can save money and time, and have the satisfaction from your fireplace that you most certainly deserve. An energy-efficient fireplace is waiting for you!

#1 Install a Fireplace Insert

Installing a fireplace insert can bring you one step closer to solving this problem. A fireplace insert is a metal box that can fit perfectly into the fireplace, thus improving draft and heating capacity. Plus, it doesn’t have to be an eyesore; some models have glass doors and other intricate designs that will also add to the ambience. In choosing the perfect insert for your home, you have to make sure that it is duly approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Models approved by this agency are sure to be energy-efficient and will definitely reduce air pollution. When you decide to have one installed in your home, have one of our CSIA-certified professionals do it for you.

#2 Close the Damper

The damper is a metal plate right above the chimney’s opening that can be opened or closed to regulate the flow of air and smoke. When a fire is burning in the fireplace, this is opened to increase draft efficiency. When the fire is out, make sure to close the damper so that no warm air from inside gets out of the house by way of the chimney. This is why every chimney needs a damper. If you don’t have one yet, make an appointment with us so we can install your chimney damper.

#3 Use Dry Seasoned Hardwood

Wood that is dried to perfection can burn ten times hotter than wet wood. It creates less smoke than wood that is green and has a lot of moisture. Preferably, the time needed is around six months to one year to season wood.

Also, there are two kinds of wood: hardwood and softwood. The wood that you need to burn is hardwood because it can burn longer and it can give off more heat compared to the latter. One very popular example is pine wood.

These tips will help you get the best out of your fireplace. Less hassle, more relaxation from your cozy energy-efficient fireplace. Give us a call now and we’ll give you more tips and a variety of inserts you can choose from!