Have you ever been sitting in front of your fireplace during the winter, only to realize that you were still not warm enough? This actually happens to a lot of people, as it is a common theme we see with fireplaces. Similarly, that warmth that you feel coming directly off of the fire is actually almost nothing compared to the rest of the heat that the fire could give off. Efficiency is key when it comes to fireplaces, so let’s take a look at some of the reasons your fireplace may not be heating your home as much as possible.
Process of Combustion
The fire comes from an elemental reaction with many different elements, such as carbon, oxygen & nitrogen, which can cause different color fires. This process in itself almost always pulls oxygen from surroundings to create fire. This means that the air is being pulled in towards the fire at all times, meaning the warmth in your room is being pulled back into the fire itself, meaning less efficiency of the fire for the impact you wanted it to have.
Convection is the process where warm air rises, meaning that when this warm air rises, the cold air fills the space. This occurs often in fireplaces, as the warm air rises through the chimney, and the cold air replaces it in the home, meaning that your home is not as warm as expected.
Fireplace Inserts to the Rescue!
Fireplace inserts are extremely efficient, and an easy way to get exactly what you want out of your fireplace. For a relatively inexpensive cost, fireplace inserts can increase the amount of heat coming from your fireplace, reducing the need for a significant amount of additional heating in the home.