I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the first cold winter day where I get to sit by the cozy warmth of my fireplace. However, before you break in your chimney for the first time this winter, be sure to minimize the heat loss with these energy efficient tips.
Install a fireplace insert
A fireplace insert is probably the easiest and most efficient way to convert your masonry chimney into a much more effective heating system. An insert fits within the firebox and is typically made out of steel. The insert ensures that the majority of the heat from your firebox is delivered into the room instead of into the chimney structure and out the damper. If you need any help with chimney repairs or installations, call the Oregon Chimney Guys!
Install tempered glass doors
If you don’t want to install a fireplace insert, then tempered glass doors are a great alternative. Properly installed doors will significantly reduce heat loss and add to the comfort of your home. Not only do these doors create a barrier for heat loss, but they also provide another level of safety for protecting your kids and pets from the fire. If you have a wood burning fireplace, be sure to also install a screen mesh curtain that will protect you from sparks and embers while the doors are open.
Get an annual chimney sweep
By not regularly cleaning your chimney, creosote will start to build up inside the structure and pose many threats to the safety and efficiency of your home. Not only is it a fire hazard, but creosote build-up restricts air flow and thus causes a loss of heat. At the Oregon Chimney Guys we specialize in creosote removal, so schedule your annual Eugene chimney sweep today!
Burn seasoned wood
The last way you can make your fireplace more efficient is by only burning quality, well-seasoned firewood. Green or wet wood can cause too much smoke, odor and creosote build-up which can cause many problems with safety and efficiency. Burning seasoned wood that has been cut, stored and dried properly will produce more heat and burn cleaner. It’s also a lot easier to start! For more information on how to select firewood, click here.
Get the most out of your chimney this winter by making it more efficient! These improvements will save you money on your energy bill and create more heat for your home. Not to mention, reduce your risk of a chimney fire. To make sure your chimney is in tip top shape, call the Oregon Chimney Guys for an inspection and chimney repair!