Fireplace Facts

November 22, 2018

fireplace burning with cozy socked feet
There’s a chill in the air, the holiday season is near, and nothing sounds better than cozying up in front of a warm fireplace. Enjoy your fireplace even more this season by understanding how much energy it’s using, and how to make it as efficient as possible.

Fact #1 Gas-burning fireplaces are more energy efficient than wood-burning fireplaces. A wood-burning fireplace wastes about 60% of its energy through losses up the chimney. A gas-burning fireplace loses about 20%.

Fact #2 Gas-burning fireplaces cost less to use than wood-burning fireplaces. It costs about $19 to run an average gas fireplace for 100 hours, and about $200 to a run a wood-burning fireplace for the same amount of time.

Fact #3 Gas fireplaces burn cleaner than wood, but electric fireplaces burn the cleanest of the three.

Fact #4 Electric fireplaces are the least expensive, costing about $25 annually. They require the least amount of maintenance, and they convert 100% of their energy to heat, saving you from excess energy waste.

Fact #5 Keeping the flue damper closed when there is no fire burning helps prevent heat loss and drafts. 

Fact #6 Seals around the flue damper also help prevent heat loss. Check your seals to make sure they’re tight, and not wasting excess energy.

Fact #7 Fireplace maintenance is important. You can hire a local chimney sweep to help keep your chimney clean, safe, and efficient. Neglecting the chimney can lead to heating inefficiencies, and potentially hazardous fires.

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