For many centuries, homeowners have used fireplaces for heating their home. Wood is the oldest fuel used for heating residential properties, and is still considered a viable source of heat. While there are many other ways to heat homes today, as well, wood is still used in fireplaces and stoves by those who love the relaxing feel and sound of an “authentic” fire.
Unfortunately, fireplaces can’t remain in good working order year after year without proper maintenance, and from time to time, repairs. One of the most common complaints homeowners have about their fireplace is that they feel a draft. If you are having this problem, there are a few steps you can take to eliminate it and restore your fireplace’s energy efficiency.
Check the Damper
One of the best ways to prevent your heating and cooling from leaving through your fireplace is by updating your damper. Most fireplaces are built with a throat damper. This is found inside the fireplace, just above the firebox. Because the damper is located so close to the fire, it can’t make a full seal. If you install a top sealing damper, it will make sure there is a full seal. A top sealing damper is installed at the top of your chimney, and since it is so far from the fire, it can have a gasket seal. Additionally, top dampers have a chimney cap in place, protecting the flue from moisture coming into the chimney when the fireplace is being used.
Install a Wood Burning Fireplace Insert
Another way to update your fireplace is by installing an insert. This will maximize the amount of heat put out by your fireplace. Traditionally, when you use your fireplace, you are sucking more heat out of your house, than what the fire is giving off. However, with a fireplace insert, you can have an airtight seal. A flexible chimney liner is connected to the insert and extends to the top of your chimney. Most inserts also come equipped with a blower that will help to circulate the heat to nearby rooms.
There are also gas and wood pellet burning inserts, which also help to improve the efficiency of your home’s fireplace. These will help ensure you get the warmth from the fire you want, and reduce the drafty feeling that often comes with using a fireplace.
If you are tired of having a drafty fireplace, there are steps you can take to improve its efficiency. Installing the right fireplace insert will help to increase the efficiency of your home, and it is an environmentally friendly option. Pellet, gas and wood inserts burn much cleaner than traditional fireplaces, which turns your dirty fireplace into an eco-friendly method of heating your home.