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Tips for Saving Money when Owning a Fireplace

15 December 2020 No Comment

Have you ever wondered whether there are ways you can save money while still owning and enjoying your fireplace? Do you wonder whether this is accounting for a large portion of your monthly heating bill? If you answered yes on both accounts then read on. All it takes is some knowledge and you may be able to save yourself some of the costs of having a fireplace.

 Some homes unwittingly are spending huge chunks of money on absolutely nothing. One prime example is using a wood-burning fireplace without a proper chimney cap and chimney damper. The chimney damper helps keep the heat inside the house from escaping up the chimney flue. This will keep more of the heat to warm those inside instead. A chimney cap will help keep your chimney from breaking down due to outside forces like rain and animals. If your chimney does need large repairs this can be a costly endeavor. By having a regular chimney sweep and chimney inspection you can catch any and all faults in the system and have them repaired when they are still small.

On a different note, the best way to save on your electricity bill is to have an electric fireplace instead of a gas or wood fireplace. This makes sure that 100% of the heat produced is used to heat the home. Also, since there are times when you may want to use your fireplace for the ambiance and not necessarily for the heat, an electric fireplace usually has a setting for this saving you a lot of money. With an electric fireplace, you do not need to spend money on a chimney sweep or any chimney repairs or inspections.

If you already have a wood-burning fireplace and do not want to replace it, you should always make sure to use seasoned wood that burns more efficiently, have a yearly chimney sweep done to keep the flue in its best working order and close the chimney damper when your fireplace is not in use. This will help keep the costs down as best as possible. On the DIY Network they have an excellent very comprehensive list of 10 Tips for Maintaining a Wood-Burning Fireplace to help you understand the workings of a chimney and fireplace.

If you are knowledgeable and up to date regarding your chimney and fireplace, you will be able to save as much as you can by eliminating all the ways that you were previously wasting heat and money. Speak to a knowledgeable consultant at NJ Chimney and Fireplace to help guide you.

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