Fireplace Heating for Your Home

Fireplace Heating for Your HomeNothing is more relaxing than the fireplace warmth coming off a crackling fire and with a few changes, it might heat your home as well. Since Florida has such mild winters, it doesn’t take much to get more from it.

Safety First

  • It’s not safe to leave a fire unattended, A responsible adult needs to be present.
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are working if you use a fireplace. Check the CO detectors monthly, since they use considerable battery power.
  • Have a fireplace professional inspect the firebox and chimney each year if you use a wood-burning fireplace. Creosote builds inside the chimney that can start hidden fires.

Give the Fireplace an Assist

  • It will be easier to keep the fireplace warmth if you have an airtight and well-insulated home. You can find them by having a professional energy audit or conducting your own.

    You can use your home’s exhaust fans and a lighted stick of incense to note where the air leaks are. After closing the exterior doors and windows, turn the fans on and walk through your home looking for places where the smoke wavers. Seal with caulk, expanding foam, or weatherstripping.

  • Install a fireplace insert. A standard fireplace is a single layer of metal, but an insert will give you multiple layers to trap the heat, in much the same way a gas furnace does. In a furnace, the fuel goes into the burner where it creates heat. A heat exchanger sits next to it that keeps the heat until the fan blows air over it. The air then blows into your rooms via the ductwork.
  • Keep more heat in your home by installing glass doors to use 24/7. Otherwise, it will pull air you’ve paid to heat up the chimney whether or not the fireplace is in use.

Tapping into the fireplace warmth and its potential for heating your home is possible by improving the energy efficiency of both. If you’d like more information, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating, serving homeowners in Palm Beach, Martin and Indian River counties.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658.

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