Do you love sitting in front of a crackling fire on a cold winter night? There’s just nothing quite so cozy and comforting. However, how much of the heat from your fireplace actually heats your room? Also, how much is getting sucked up your chimney? Unfortunately, fireplaces are known to be inefficient, with money going up in smoke, as it were. There is, however, something that can be done to increase efficiency. It can be done without giving up the beauty and charm of a conventional fire!
Inefficiency of a Fireplace
A fire requires air to keep burning. The problem is where that air is coming from. When you light a fire in your fireplace, the air from your room gets drawn to the fire. This is in order for it to keep burning. That warm air is also drawn up the chimney, and cold air from outside is drawn down the chimney to replace that warm air. The fact of the matter is this: when you burn a fire, it may be that you are actually losing more heat than what you’re gaining!
You actually have a couple of options when it comes to increasing the efficiency of your heat source. One thing might be to purchase a wood burning stove. The thing is, if you already have a fireplace, this may seem like just an added accessory. Instead, think about installing a wood burning insert.
A wood burning insert is made to fit inside your existing fireplace. Its basically a wood stove that doesn’t have legs. It uses the existing chimney as a venting system. Usually, wood burning inserts have a fan located under the firebox; this will create convection heat, which basically forces the heated air out and into the room.
Another thing that will cause additional heat retention is making sure that your liner is properly insulated. This will help ensure that your new wood burner will be efficient and safe. It has the added benefit of staying cleaner longer, and helping keep creosote build-up to a minimum.
Different Types of Inserts
There are other types of inserts as well. You can choose gas or electric inserts; these have the benefit of ease of starting your fire. Gas inserts can use a variety of fuel sources to create a fire, whereas electric inserts can be as easy as turning on a light. Simply flip a switch and enjoy the look of a fire. However, there’s something that is basic and natural about a wood fire that these options may not fulfill. If it’s the look, smell, and feel of a natural fire that you’re looking for, then a wood burning insert is just the thing for you!
Call Chim Cheroo Chimney Service
Are you looking to add an insert to increase the efficiency of your fireplace? If so, be sure to call the company that can offer you exactly what you’re looking for: beauty, style, and expert advice and installation. That company is Chim Cheroo Chimney Service. Give them a call today and you’ll soon be enjoying your beautiful and efficient wood burning insert!