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Roasting chestnuts and marshmallows in your fireplace may be fun, but is your fireplace leaking heat (and money) out of your chimney? Here are a couple of tips to make your fireplace more efficient.

Do you use your fireplace often?

  1. Learn how to build an efficient fire. Does your fire generate a lot of smoke? That smoke is wasted energy, billowing up your chimney. Need some pointers? Check out this guide to efficient fireplace fires.
  2. Consider using a fireplace insert. Essentially, this is a woodstove that can be placed in an existing fireplace. While this is a significant purchase (it can cost $3000 or more), it will significantly improve the heating capacity of your fireplace. Be sure to look for an insert that is EPA approved.
Don’t use your fireplace?
  1. Invest in a secure, well-fitting damper, and make sure to use it! Your chimney is basically a vent, constantly releasing the pleasant temperature from your heater or air conditioner into the frigid winter or blustery summer outside. When your fireplace is not being used, close off this gap.
  2. If you are not using your fireplace at all, consider purchasing an inflatable fireplace plug. This form-fitting plug will temporarily seal your chimney, and reduce your heating/cooling costs.

Don’t have a fireplace?

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  4. Feel classy.

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