Everyone wants to cuddle up next to fire place on cold, snowy days, but how might this effect your energy usage and overall costs? Different types of fireplaces affect energy efficiency in a bigger way that what you may expect.
It is important to distinguish between the different types of fireplaces because they do affect energy in different ways. There are electric, wood-burning, and gas fireplaces.
Electric fire places are often used for decorative purposes. This means that the flames are activate yet there is no heat coming from them. It costs about double to crank it up enough to produce heat.
Wood-burning fireplaces do heat your home more which can lower your heating bill. However, it important to keep in mind that lots of warm air can escape through the chimney. Installing glass doors can reduce how much room air escapes through the chimney during combustion. Also, the cost depends on how you get your wood.
Gas fireplaces, while easier to maintain, may cost extra as you do have to pay for natural gas. Some older gas fireplaces may have a continuously lit pilot light which will further add to your costs.
It is important to keep these differences in types of fireplaces in mind when trying to select the most energy efficient option. Click here to see all of the energy efficient options Lykins Energy Solutions has to offer.