Fireplaces have long helped homeowners reduce their heating costs by warming their homes. In addition to the efficiencies, a fireplace can be a beautiful addition to your home and the focal point of your house for you and your guests.
Using a fireplace to heat your home can help offset the costs of your furnace, reducing your costs and saving you money. To ensure your fireplace and chimney is efficient and safe, your fireplace and chimney should be inspected annually by a professional chimney cleaning company, but there are other ways you can make your fireplace and chimney work for you and save you money.
The following are tips you can use to make sure you maximize the efficiency of your fireplace:
• Keep your fireplace damper closed unless you’re burning a fire. An open damper is like an open window that allows your home’s heat to escape through the chimney. Only open the damper when you’re burning a fire.
• Install glass fireplace doors to further keep hot air from escaping and put in a heat-air exchange that will blow warm air from your fireplace back into the room.
• Check the seal on your damper and make sure it’s tight. A closed damper does no good if it’s loose fitting and let’s out warm even when closed.
• Install a cast iron fireback, which is attached to the back of your fireplace. A fireback not only enhances the design of your fireplace, but reflects heat back into the home.
Whether you’re from Damascus, Rockville, Frederick or Bethesda, these opportunities can help save you money on your fireplace by increasing its efficiencies.
As mentioned above, one of the best ways to keep your fireplace efficient is keeping it clean. MCP Chimney and Masonry offers professional chimney sweep services that ensures your fireplace is efficient and safe.
Contact us today to learn more about our services, including chimney rebuild and chimney relining, and to learn how we can help your fireplace save you money.