Reducing energy consumption and keeping a house warm seem like two incompatible concepts. Electricity and fuels are becoming more expensive, which inevitably translates into an additional expense during the winter. Fortunately, there are some tricks that help us save energy and money in this regard. Here are a few if you use a fireplace to combat the cold at home.
This time we will focus on the fireplace, assuming that the room insulation is good enough to prevent leaks and other issues, in addition to saving energy. Maybe we’ll see how to do it another time as well.
Installing a door
One of the best ways to save energy is by using fireplace doors. If your fireplace opening is closed by a door, you’ll have better temperature control and prevent the fuel from burning faster due to increased airflow.
Fireplace doors reduce the amount of firewood needed to keep your house warm, without reducing the temperature. Moreover, you can install them yourself, without any construction work, in very little time. Overnight, you will have transformed your fireplace into a more efficient element that will help you save energy and fuel. Therefore, you will also be saving money without giving up on lighting the fireplace due to cost concerns.
Do you want to see the fire? No problem
If you enjoy sitting in front of the fire and watching the logs burn, you don’t have to stop doing it by simply adding a door. There are different types of fireplace doors, and by using a vitreous ceramic glass, you will achieve the energy savings you are looking for while still being able to see the fire through the glass and create that cozy and unique atmosphere in your space that only a lit fireplace can generate.
It must be recognized that one of the great attractions of fireplaces is the crackling of the fire and the image it creates when we see it. Why stop enjoying this sight to save, especially when it can be done effectively by having it all?
Other aspects to consider for saving energy with your fireplace
In addition to installing a door, there are other factors that can affect the performance of a fireplace, such as a too large flue outlet, which leads to higher fuel consumption.
It is also important to take care of the interior of the fireplace, as a lot of heat can escape through the walls. Even if it is made of refractory bricks, the passage of time can take its toll on the material, especially on the cement joints that hold each brick together. If your fireplace is several years old or if you notice a lot of heat escaping from the sides, it is ideal to paint the interior with heat-resistant paint. This way, the heat will only come out through the fireplace opening, and you will save energy by increasing efficiency and reducing the amount of fuel needed.