Turn down your thermostat when using your fireplace
You may be surprised to learn that open wood-burning fireplaces with no insert often lose more heat than they provide. That's because a fireplace must have air in order for the fire to burn. This air comes from your heated living space and is exhausted up the chimney, so your heating system must work harder to warm your home. Remember, open wood-burning fireplaces lose heat continuously even when they're not in use.
- Reduce use. Use the fireplace sparingly. It may be an inefficient source of heat.
- Turn down your thermostat. When you have the fireplace on, turn your thermostat down.
- Seal when not in use. Close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.
- Consider improvements. If you use your fireplace often, consider a fireplace insert to improve its efficiency.