Cut Your Energy Bill: Sit By The Fireplace

It’s been a long, cold winter and, along with the winter doldrums, can come high energy bills. One way to combat both of these conditions is to light a fire. If you have a fireplace, your fireplace heating can keep your comfortable as well as reduce your energy bills. Stiles Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing specializes in helping customers get the most out of all heating and cooling options at their disposal including fireplace heating.

Fireplace Heating Tips To Optimize the Power of Fire:

  • Fireplaces do actually heat homes! Let’s start with rumor control; there’s a myth out there that states fireplaces don’t actually heat homes. The explanation behind this concept is that they suck out the heat and send it up the chimney, leaving the house feeling colder. The opposite effect is actually the case. Fireplace heating can alleviate the workload of your central heating system and ultimately save you money on your energy bills.
  • Keep your fireplace efficient when not in use. When the fireplace is not in use, follow a few simple best practices to ensure that you’re not losing any heat. Chimney cap dampers close the entire top of the chimney, so they reduce heat loss when the fireplace is not being used.  Inflatable plugs can also stop warm air from escaping when the fireplace is not in use. To truly optimize the efficiency of your fireplace, you can install an insert recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Considering adding a fireplace to your home? If you’re onboard with the advantages of fireplace heating and are now in the market for an addition to your home, you’ll need to determine which type of fireplace and fuel to choose.

Types of fireplaces to consider: Corner, Hanging, Ribbon, Standard, Two-Sided and Wood-Stove

Types of fireplace fuels to consider: Wood, Gas, Electric, Gel and Ethanol

With so many options available for your choice of fireplaces, it is imperative to do some research into what the local regulations are surrounding adding a fireplace to your home, assess what your goals are as well as review the parameters of your unique property.

  • Combine the power of fireplace heating with your furnace. Be sure to protect any gaps in your fireplace that could allow heat to escape while at the same time allowing your furnace to rest while the fireplace heating is working.

Fireplaces can add more than just ambiance to those cold winter nights. The power of fireplace heating can actually help you save money by reducing the workload of your heater. And, everyone loves to cuddle by the fire, don’t they?

Whatever your heating and cooling needs are, you can rely on the expertise and top notch customer service you’ll receive from Stiles Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing. We’ve been serving Athens and its surrounding communities since 1974. Get started with a free consultation today!

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