You may enjoy a roaring fire
in your fireplace but you should consider how the fire affects your home
energy use. The toasty warmth right in front of the fire comes at the
expense of pulling your home's already heated air right up the chimney.
Consider these options for putting heat back into your home:
sure you purchase tight-fitting doors for your fireplace. You want ones
that will seal the opening and stay closed even if a log rolls against
them. Make sure the doors do not have quartz glass that can prevent heat
from radiating into your home.
cast iron plate, called a fireback, sets in the back of your fireplace.
As the fireback gets hot from the fire, it radiates its heat out into
your living area.
grates, on which you stack the wood, can circulate the heat from the
fire into your home. Sometimes they have a small blower to bring in the
room's cool air and then transfer the warm air back. You could actually
warm a few rooms preventing your furnace from running at all while the
fireplace's heat circulates.
remember fireplace safety. To protect against house fire, have your
fireplace, flue and chimney inspected and the chimney cleaned once a