If you have a fireplace in your home, there are two things you probably know: first, a fireplace is a pleasure to enjoy; and, second, a fireplace doesn’t provide a whole lot of heat to offset utility costs. That’s right. Fireplaces are a favorite amenity that people look for when buying a home and yet they are not efficient heat sources. The good news is that you can make a relatively inexpensive upgrade that provides even more benefits than you enjoy right now from your fireplace. Check out the following top five reasons it’s a great idea to install glass doors on your fireplace.
One — Improved Heating Efficiency
Did you know that, according to experts, approximately 80% or more of the heat in a fireplace goes up the chimney instead of into the living area of your home? Further, they say that only about 10% of the energy from the burning firewood in an open hearth fireplace is actually converted to useful heat. But glass doors can improve things considerably. In fact, the efficiency rate of your fireplace can be doubled by installing glass doors; some experts even believe the amount of useful heat provided from a fireplace is tripled with the addition of glass doors. It may seem that the doors block the heat from being effective, but actually the heat radiates through them. The glass doors also help create a more efficient fire so that the firewood produces more heat
Two – Reduces Back Drafts
There are times when powerful downdrafts (air flowing quickly down the chimney) cause smoke to blow into the home. Glass doors reduce or eliminate the frustrating effects of downdrafts.
Three – Reduce Utility Costs
The cost for utilities is rising at alarming rates, and many homeowners are searching for ways to cut the size of their monthly bills. Glass doors on your fireplace can contribute to your effort to lower monthly payments. Open hearth fireplaces allow warm air to escape the home in winter and cold air to escape in summer, sort of like a window that stays open year around. Dampers on chimneys do not have an adequate seal to stop this terrible energy loss from happening. Glass doors, on the other hand, can put a stop to all the back-and-forth of air from indoors to outdoors. Help keep your heated air inside your home in winter and your cooled air inside during summertime with glass doors on your fireplace.
Four – Style and Beauty
Glass doors come in many styles, shapes, and colors. They can match all types of décor, whether modern, contemporary, rustic, shabby chic, or traditional. Most masonry fireplaces are already truly beautiful, and glass doors can only add to the overall effect. One benefit, as far as aesthetics, is that the dirty firebox with blackened logs is concealed behind glass doors, which gives the fireplace a neater appearance.
Five – Safety Benefits
Anyone who has small children and pets knows that an open fireplace poses a potential threat. With glass doors, you can have peace of mind that no little ones will accidentally fall into the fire. Of course, the glass can become very hot; it’s best to place a protective screen in front of the doors, to further protect toddlers and infants. Another safety feature is that embers and sparks are prevented from entering the room and starting a fire, injuring someone, or damaging your furnishings. The glass doors will also prevent logs from rolling out of the fireplace and onto the floor, possibly causing a nearby combustible object to catch fire.
Call us today to have glass doors installed on your masonry fireplace, and start enjoying the benefits the next time you build a fire.
Chimney Solutions, Inc.
1155 McFarland 400 Drive, Alpharetta GA 30004