For many families, part of the holiday season includes gathering around the fireplace with friends to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of a burning fire. Fireplaces are able to create a comforting atmosphere that your forced air furnace just cannot compete with. But, did you know that using that fireplace could be costing you extra even when it is not in use? Well, it could be, and Four Seasons wants to help you save money this winter with a little fireplace advice.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Fireplace Ownership:
- Do: Turn off the furnace when the fireplace is in use, or at least turn it down to around 60 degrees. This will keep the furnace from coming on and wasting energy when the fireplace is in use.
- Don’t: Do not leave the fireplace damper open! More modern fireplaces use dampers to get combustion air from the outdoors instead of from indoors. If you leave the damper open when the fireplace is not in use, heated air from the central air furnace will be lost to the outdoors. This could be costing you up to 30% more annually on your heating bills. (more…)