Installing an Energy Efficient Fireplace

An aspect of fireplaces which most people either don’t know or overlook, is that due to how the majority of them work, they can actually be very ineffective methods of heating a home. While they can be quite effective at heating the room they’re in, often times they can actually cause other locations in the home to decrease in temperature.

Having a fireplace is great: It can be a good location to relax and wind-down after a day at work, or to spend with your family, but having one which actually increases your energy bill when you use it can be a bit of a downer. There are, however, ways you can deal with this.

The best way, and only really, of dealing with this is to make sure that the fireplace retains more of the energy it produces. This is why fireplaces have traditionally had a marble mantel, as it retains heat very effectively, which means that any fire you start could end up heating your home for hours or even days after the fires gone out. While this is effective, an even better method of retaining heat is to make the chimney go all around the house instead of just vertically. Because the majority of heat from a fire escapes through the chimney, having a chimney which can distribute that heat throughout the UK is very effective.