Lower Your Home Heating Costs with a Fireplace Blower
While many homeowners enjoy the natural warmth that a fireplace offers, it is not an efficient source of heat when as much as 80% of the heat is lost through the chimney. That’s why many homeowners are installing an energy-efficient fireplace blower to get more heat from the fireplace and lower home heating costs.
How Does a Fireplace Blower Work?
A fireplace blower works by forcing heated air from the fireplace into the room, like the way a central air system forces air through the vents. This improves heating efficiency by as much as 75%. Plus, you will burn less fuel and get more radiant heat per square feet at a higher temperature, thus lowering home heating costs. But there are other benefits too:
Fireplace Blower Benefits:
• Adjustable thermostat maintains a comfortable temperature
• Works whether you have a fireplace door or not
• Models that fit most wood-burning or gas fireplaces
• Easy to install
• Ranges in price from $100 to $500
Adding a Fireplace Blower to an Existing Fireplace
A fireplace blower can be added to most existing gas or wood-burning vented and non-vented fireplaces. When shopping for blowers, you need to make sure to get the model that is designed for your fuel-type and will fit inside your fireplace. You will also want to pay attention to the equivalent amount of BTU heat the blower will provide for your space. For example, a 40,000 BTU blower motor will provide ample radiant heat for a 900-square foot room.
Before adding a fireplace blower to an existing fireplace, make sure your fireplace is clean with all logs removed. Then mount the blower motor that is designed for your type of fireplace to the rear of the fireplace making sure it is grounded. Once the blower is securely installed you will need to connect the electrical wiring to the junction box.
While installing a fireplace blower yourself in an existing fireplace is not that difficult it is best handled by the pros. Installation requires a good working knowledge of the fireplace and electricity. Otherwise you could risk a fire or injury not to mention potentially damaging your fireplace and blower motor.
Our chimney specialists are NFI (National Fireplace Institute) Certified Specialists and will help you select the right blower motor for your fireplace with professional installation including making the necessary electrical connections. They will also provide instructions on its use and answer any questions you may have.