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Moving Hot Air – How To Heat Your House Using Your Fireplace - Providence, RI

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 03, 2015

February saw some record-breaking temperatures, and this winter has borne with it some immense amounts of snow in some parts of North America. If you have a wood burning or pellet-burning stove, fireplace or insert, you’ve probably tried to augment or even replace your home heating by using these fabulous appliances. It’s an exacting science, moving hot air from one space into all of the others, and there are several solutions to explore. Heating your house using your fireplace is pretty simple. Depending on what kind of house you have, these tips are pretty effective too.

Go With The Flow

There are loads of ways to create airflow in your home. It is dependent, mostly, on the style of house you have. The best set up would be having your fireplace/stove/insert located on the main floor or main living area with a centralized location, or in an open concept space. Or having a ranch style house (long and sprawling), with the unit in the middle so you have two smaller wings to heat. Many people, for cleanliness reasons, opt for a basement installation of their fireplace/stove/insert especially if they are using a pellet or wood-burning model. This is where you may have an issue. But fear not! There are solutions, because sure hot air rises, but it needs a little bit of help.

Let’s Get Moving – Cheap And Simple

If you have a forced air heating and cooling system, turn on the fan and just use it to circulate the air that is created by your fireplace. This works best in more open concept spaces and smaller homes where heat loss to the vents won’t be noticeable. If you have ceiling fans, reversing them so that the air is being pulled up is another way to circulate that heat. The moving air is pulled up, thrown against the ceiling and then comes down the walls and is sucked back up again, much like a convection oven, only cozy with less cooking. This also works well if the fireplace is in a common and social area.

A Little Electricity Goes A Long Way

What do you do if you haven’t got a forced air system to move the air around? There are several fan options that you can use, including fans that sit in the upper corner of doors, and even your big old box fan. Place the box fan on low, facing INTO the space where your fireplace is, blowing the cool air at the unit. This will cause a convection reaction and the hot air will be forced away from the burning unit. If in a small room, the hot air will be moving out the door into larger spaces in no time.

May Require Renos

If you’re still not getting the heat that you want, you may think about some minor renovations, like adding a pass through vent over the burning unit, into the room above. This simple mod will allow the heat produced by your fireplace to simply flow upwards. In a ranch style house, the long kind, adding transoms over the doors – those little windows but without adding glass – will allow for increased airflow. Doing this in conjunction with using ceiling fans or the home’s venting systems will make for a nice and warm home. Even better, you will add more light to your beautiful home if you choose to do this as well.

To check on the effectiveness of moving hot air from one space to another, try taping a streamer or piece of toilet paper to the doorframe. If it’s moving, you have airflow. If not, other solutions may be necessary. Either way, it is possible to heat your home by moving hot air generated by a wood or pellet burning fireplace/stove/insert.

To view our full line of wood burning and pellet burning appliances contact Fireplace Showcase.

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Give Your Fireplace a Whole New Look – Seekonk, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 31, 2013

Does your home have a traditional, open wood-burning fireplace that you don’t want or like to use? A new fireplace insert can give your existing fireplace a whole new look with choices that can be more efficient or convenient.

There are natural gas fireplace inserts, as well as fireplace inserts that are like wood stoves and pellet stoves.

Fireplace inserts are designed to go into existing fireplaces that meet the current standards of the Building Code.

Gas and wood burning fireplace inserts come in a variety of sizes and a variety of heat outputs. Basically with the gas units you can get anywhere from 17,000 BTUs up to about 40,000 BTUs. There is a difference in heating capacity from the low end to the high end inserts, you can heat from a 700 or 800 square foot home all the way up to a 1,800 or 2,000 square foot home.

A wood burning fireplace insert is basically a wood stove designed to fit inside your open fireplace, making your fireplace far more efficient. Depending on their size, wood-burning inserts can heat areas in the range of 1,000 to 1,200 square feet all the way up to about 3,500 square feet.

Some fireplace inserts can burn for six- to seven-hours and others can burn for up 10 hours.  There also are pellet-burning inserts, which are like having a pellet stove installed in an open fireplace.

Are you trying to decide what kind of insert may be suitable for your fireplace? The most important thing to consider is what you expect to get and what you need from the fireplace insert.

Is it just the esthetics and the look that you want, or do you want a functional fireplace insert that is going to be able to give you a lot of heat? At the same time, most of the gas appliances work in power outages, so they are a tremendous secondary heat source as well.

Wood burning fireplace inserts can work without power, but pellet stove inserts require electricity. You also may want to consider your lifestyle before making a decision.

Pellet or gas inserts are more convenient than wood. So, you should consider if you want- and have the time- to stack and cut firewood. Or do you just want to be able to push the button and have the fireplace come on?

For more information, contact The Fireplace Showcase.

Herald


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