So, why do we have fireplaces in our homes? Many people love to gather around a fireplace, especially if it is cold outside.
Historically, fireplaces were used for heating a dwelling, cooking, and heating water. Modern fireplaces vary in heat efficiency. In general fireplaces do not generate a lot of heat into a home. A fireplace usually draws more heat out of a home than it adds. Almost all heat generated goes up the chimney and out of the house.
For many people, a fireplace is all about the ambience. A crackling fire can be warming, soothing, peaceful, and something to sit and meditate with. You can increase the efficiency of your wood burning fireplace by adding tempered glass doors on the front. Will reduce aesthetics but you will reduce your energy bill limiting the amount of heated air going up the chimney. Remember to keep your damper closed when not using it. That would be like leaving your window open on a cold winter’s day.
Now days, fireplaces have been improved. Careful operation and routine maintenance can minimize potential dangers in using your fireplace. Our fireplace screens help keep sparks from flying out into the room.
The indoor fireplaces are a technology from the middle ages when people in medieval castles and homes used them for warmth. However, traditional fireplaces today are more desired for their aesthetics than as effective heating appliance. Improvements have given fireplace fans a range of more attractive alternatives. Better designs provide more heat, less waste, and safer operations.
I still love to gather round the fireplace at Christmas time and enjoy being with the family with our stockings hanging from the mantle of the fireplace, singing carols, and telling stories. Children are not the only ones that know Santa needs a chimney.
Today, you can choose between a fireplace fueled with gas, wood, or electricity. Each has a different benefit so that fireplaces can be a perfect fit for virtually any lifestyle.