Up­grade your fire­place to im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency

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Heat­ing and cool­ing your home typ­i­cally com­prises nearly half of the av­er­age Amer­i­can’s util­ity bill, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Depart­ment of En­ergy. Un­for­tu­nately, a por­tion of that ex­pen­di­ture is lost.

While most home­own­ers know that in­su­lat­ing, patch­ing and weath­er­iz­ing can re­duce heat loss, there is one ma­jor en­ergy eater in your home that you may not have con­sid­ered — that charm­ing sta­ple of dens, fam­ily rooms and any­where peo­ple gather: the fire­place.

Tra­di­tional ma­sonry style wood-burning fire­places are a lead­ing source of in­door air loss and draft, even more so than win­dows and doors.

“Tra­di­tional wood fire­places have a lot of charm, but un­for­tu­nately, they can be in­ef­fi­cient even when they aren’t in use,” says Becky Scrib­ner, brand direc­tor at Heat & Glo, a lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of gas and wood fire­places, stoves and in­serts.

How­ever, you don’t need to sac­ri­fice your fire this win­ter to lower your bill — in fact, it’s pos­si­ble to con­vert your fire­place into an en­ergy ef­fi­cient heat source with the fol­low­ing tips:

Don’ t send your hard earned money up and out the chim­ney. When your fire­place is not in use, make sure your chim­ney damper is closed. You may also in­stall a flue sealer, which is an af­ford­able, in­flat­able stop­per that fits be­low the damper to fur­ther seal off the chim­ney.

En­sure your chim­ney and fire­place is in­spected, main­tained and cleaned an­nu­ally. A con­trac­tor can en­sure the job is done safely and thor­oughly.

Add doors or a cover to the front of your fire­place to help re­duce the draft and add a nice aes­thetic.

Con­sider a gas fire­place in­sert. In ad­di­tion to low­er­ing your en­ergy bills and gen­er­at­ing more ra­di­ant heat, they’re cleaner to main­tain — no ash, soot, or smoke — and are low main­te­nance, turn­ing on and off with the flip of a switch. Plus, a new in­sert like the Es­cape from Heat & Glo looks great and uses en­ergy-sav­ing fire­box tech­nol­ogy to in­crease ef­fi­ciency. Learn more about the benefits of a gas fire­place in­sert at www.heat­n­glo.com/Rekin­dle.

For those who love the smell, crackle and process of build­ing a real fire, don’t de­spair. Pel­let and EPA-cer­ti­fied wood in­serts can be an easy, clean and ef­fi­cient al­ter­na­tive as well.

In the pur­suit of en­er­gy­ef­fi­ciency, don’t say good­bye to tra­di­tion. In­stead, give your fire­place a much needed up­grade.

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