Install a fireplace insert
Unless you have a modern fireplace insert, your traditional wood fire is actually sucking warm air out of the room and up the chimney. A professionally installed fireplace insert will prevent heated air from escaping and can still provide warmth and ambiance with an efficient, controlled fire.
How it works:
- Conventional fireplaces: A conventional wood fireplace uses more air than necessary from the heated house, pulling it out the chimney. They typically do not have good ways to collect and transfer heat to the house.
- Fireplace inserts: These special inserts function like a woodstove and are designed to fit right inside your traditional fireplace opening. In this way, no warm air is lost. Consider a "double-wall" unit rather than a "single-wall" unit — double-wall units tend to be safer and more efficient.
Added benefits: Fireplace inserts are typically easier to clean than traditional fireplaces.
Good to know: The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) certifies fireplace inserts that meet standards for the amount of smoke emitted into your home. When shopping for a fireplace insert, be sure to look for an EPA certification label on the back of the fireplace and a hang tag that tells you how much particulate matter the fireplace will release into your home.