When many homeowners think about energy efficiency, they are thinking about their conventional HVAC system. However, your fireplace also plays a big part in the energy efficiency of your home. There are many simple ways to improve the efficiency of your fireplace and make the most out of your chimney.
Close the Damper
A chimney damper is a piece of metal installed above the fire grate inside of your chimney. The damper is designed to close firmly so that air cannot get out or get in when it is closed. Over the years, your damper may warp. This creates a situation where cold air can get in during the winter, or where hot air can get in during the summer. Make sure that you always have the damper closed when you are not actively burning a fire, as this will help improve energy efficiency.
Add Fireplace Doors
Fireplace doors help you to keep the inside of your home more comfortable, as long as you close them promptly when you aren’t using the fireplace. Make sure that your fireplace doors seal tightly to reduce the chances of drafty air coming into your house. When used in combination with a fireplace damper, these can improve energy efficiency in an instant.
Have Your Chimney Cleaned
When was the last time that you had your chimney professionally cleaned? Annual chimney cleaning is essential to keep your family safe, and it is also important for energy efficiency reasons. Creosote accumulation makes it more dangerous to start a fire in your home, and it also prevents fires from burning as efficiently as they could otherwise. During your chimney cleaning, the professional will also inspect the length of the chimney for any cracks, crevices, or things that are in need of repair. This is also critical to make sure that your chimney is as efficient as possible, as tiny cracks and crevices can make it much more challenging to keep your home climate stable.
Get Your Chimney or Fireplace Fixed Today!
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