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Maximize Your Fireplace’s Heat Output

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Relax and enjoy the lasting warmth produced by your fireplace. Increase it's energy efficiency.

Relax and enjoy the lasting warmth produced by your fireplace. Increase it’s energy efficiency.

There’s just something about the ambiance created by a traditional fireplace on a cold winter day that warms you all the way to your core. Unfortunately, that warming effect isn’t a factor of heat, as they are usually more show than substance. Science has an explanation for it all. Because hot air naturally rises, a large portion of the heat produced by the fire in your fireplace escapes through your chimney. To compound the problem, the hot air from the fire creates an updraft that draws additional warm air up and out of the room through the chimney. If you’re in the market for someone who can help you maximize your fireplace’s heat output, you’ve come to the right place!

Are there Benefits to using Seasoned Firewood and Opening my Damper?

The first step along the path to increasing energy efficiency is quite simple: burn seasoned firewood. Freshly cut wood – also referred to as green wood – burns inefficiently and produces much more smoke. Seasoned wood, on the other hand, has had sufficient time to for some of the moisture to vacate the wood, thereby allowing it to burn much more efficiently than its green wood counterpart.

Opening your damper as wide as possible will increase the amount of air getting to your fire as well, which allows it to burn more efficiently in the process, improving the combustion and increasing the amount of heat produced by your fire. You will, however, find that you need to add wood more frequently while doing this because the increased combustion will cause it to burn faster. It’s a small price to pay for increased energy efficiency.

What are the Benefits of Chimney Sweeping?

Having your chimney cleaned by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep yearly can also make it possible to boost your heating performance. The process removes creosote buildup from inside your chimney that can otherwise restrict airflow. Restricted airflow in your chimney hinders the combustion process, which ultimately results in even more creosote inside your chimney.

Would a Fireplace Insert be Beneficial?

Installing a fireplace insert can greatly increase your fireplace’s heat output, too. First and foremost, our goal is your family’s safety. To ensure that your insert fits properly and provides you with the most bang for your buck, one of our staff members should be allowed to handle the entire installation process for you. You’ll be able to sit back and relax in knowing that all of the work is being performed by out certified professionals.

Following the steps mentioned above can help you maximize the heat output of your fireplace. You will enable your fireplace to provide your home with more heat than it might otherwise have produced. We take pride in the services we provide to and for our customers. If you’re in the market for anything chimney and/or fireplace related, schedule an appointment with Bulldog Chimney Sweeps today!