Posted January 07, 2015 by Gabriel Posternak

Winter is Here! How to Keep Your Fireplace Running Efficiently

If you are like most individuals, you look forward to the change of season and all that the winter season has to offer. Winter brings about some very pleasant changes. For example, during winter you get to celebrate holidays such as Thanksgiving, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy indoor quality time with those you love. One of the blessings of the winter season is the feeling of hearth and home. Warm nights in front of the fireplace, snuggling on the couch watching favorite movies, or simply playing board games with the family are all favorite memories of winter.

However, when it comes to green living and winter heating, in order to run efficient fireplaces green tips for winter must be put into practice. While it is important to enjoy time with family and friends in front of the fireplace, it is equally important to make certain that the fireplace is running efficiently and safely.

Clean it up

If you enjoy the crackling fire and the warm ambience that a fireplace offers you, it is important to keep it clean. You need to hire a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney and moreover to keep it clean from ash and soot that collects there over time. This will improve its efficiency and also keep you safe and warm.

Keep it closed or Keep it Open

If you are not using the damper on your fireplace keep it closed. However, a good way to minimize the loss of heat is to open the dampers in the bottom of your firebox. If you are in a room with a door, you may want to leave the doors closed if the room is safely ventilated, in order to keep that room as warm and toasty as possible while using the fireplace.

Never leave it unattended

If you even have the remnants of the remaining smoldering fire, do not leave your house for long extended periods of time. The fire is something that can get out of control at any given moment by something as simple as a tiny spark that flies in the wrong direction. It is important to make certain that the fire is completely out before going to bed or before leaving the house.

Think gas

If you love the look and feel of the fireplace but are not comfortable with the responsibility or the potential for fire, then you may wish to consider a gas fireplace instead. Gas fireplaces can be more than 50% more efficient than your traditional old-fashioned fireplaces.

So, there you have it, here are a few tips for keeping your fireplace clean, maintaining it, how to be safe and how to have the warm glow, ambience and aura of a fireplace even if that means considering purchasing a gas fireplace.

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