Winter is almost here, everybody.
Along with the cold weather comes the annual increase in heating bills. People have touted various methods and tools to help reduce winter power bills, to keep homes warm, and to provide ambiance during those long, dark, winter days.
One item which has been trounced by list after list for being a money waster is the traditional fireplace.
With its rich colors, vibrant patterns, earthy smell, and vital heat, fireplaces have been the preferred method of heating ones home or dwelling since the era of cavemen.
If something has been around for so long, why are so many people against it?
Chances are, they prefer something else or believe a fireplace is an outdated relic of human history.
Here are some tips to help save money with a fireplace over this winter. With proper usage and care, a fireplace can actually help save you money on heating during the winter.
Close Other Doors
Science has shown that oxygen and heat from other parts of the home is pulled into a fireplace to help fuel the burn. This oxygen is often pulled from the other rooms and areas of the home.
This removal of heat from other areas can actually drop the temperature of the home beyond the fireplace radius.
Closing the doors to rooms where the fireplace is not located or heating can actually help keep the home warmer. This simple (and free) step allows the home to be heated in a central area without sacrificing the heat in other parts of the home.
Gas or Wood?
There are pros and cons to both gas fireplaces and traditional wood burning units.
For gas fireplaces, the fire is easy to start and finish when you want it. The flame is consistent throughout the burn, and the temperature and intensity can be adjusted by adding or subtracting gas to the equation.
Where a gas fireplace becomes expensive is through the gas itself. Depending on whether the unit runs on natural gas or propane can make a big difference on how much it costs to use. The price of the fuel is often the only cost after the initial purchase and installation.
Wood burning fireplaces require stockpiles of wood. To maximize savings, collecting firewood during the year or making purchases of wood following major storms can help keep the cost low. Some places will offer trades of firewood for performing other chores, such as hauling or splitting the wood yourself.
It may sound counter-intuitive, but fans are a great way to help heat a home. Most ceiling fans come with a backward setting to pull heat from the ceiling towards the floor.
Using these fans in concert with a fireplace can spread the heat around your home. This circulation makes the room feel warmer to occupants.
Having a fireplace in a home can help reduce heating bills in winter. A fireplace with proper use and maintenance can help save hundreds on winter power bills, and provide a warm, cozy ambiance to your home.
Do you have any questions about how to make your home more energy-efficient this winter? Contact us today to learn how we can help!