3 Tips To Heat Your Home More Efficiently With Your Fireplace

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Choosing to heat all or part of your home with your home's fireplace can help to lower your home heating costs. Unfortunately, not all home fireplace set-ups are as efficient as they could be and can end up costing you more. Here are three tips you can implement in your home to help heat your home more efficiently with your fireplace.

Install and Use a Ceiling Fan

When you are using heat from your fireplace to warm your room or an entire home, it is important to utilize the heat from the fire as efficiently as possible. This includes any heat which rises to the ceiling. As heat naturally rises upward, a ceiling fan set on the appropriate setting can move the higher warm air lower into the room so you feel more comfortable. 

To take advantage of this, set your ceiling fan so the fan blades rotate clockwise on a slow speed setting. (As you look upward at your ceiling fan, the blades should be rotating clockwise.) This pulls the air straight up, then pushes the warmer air at the ceiling height downward to the floor. In summer you can reverse the ceiling fan rotation to counter-clockwise on a high speed setting so the air blows directly down into the room to cool the air.

Invest in a Gas Insert

Although the idea of having a real wood-burning fire in your home's fireplace can give your home a cozy feeling, it is not as efficient as a gas fireplace insert. You can install a gas burning fireplace insert right into your fireplace opening and have it heat your home more efficiently with less heat going up your chimney. Instead, the heat is directed and flows into your room and your home to help keep the space warm.

As an added benefit with a gas insert, you no longer have to buy or cut wood, clean ashes from your fireplace, or worry about bringing more wood inside from the cold. A gas fireplace insert has real flames that originate from around faux wood logs.

Utilize a Fireplace Blower and Thermostat

After you have the fireplace set-up of your choice, it can also be advantageous to install a blower fan inside your fireplace. A fireplace blower insert sucks air from the room on one side of your fireplace, circulates the air around the interior of the fireplace and fire, then pushes the now-warmed air back out the other side of the fireplace insert. This helps keep the heat created by your fire inside your home and most efficiently warms your home.

If you choose to install a gas fireplace insert, you can add a thermostat onto your fireplace set-up. This can control the heat setting in your home to turn on and off to control the temperature, and even program the fire to turn on just before you get up in the morning.

Use these tips to help you get the most out of your fireplace when heating your home. For more information, visit sites like http://www.villagefireplaceandbbq.com.

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