Cozy Up to Eco-Friendly Fireplaces
While crackling logs in the fireplace bring a cheerful ambience to a room, they also create unhealthy carbon monoxide and particulate matter. Additionally, a wood-burning fireplace can increase your heating bill as it replaces the hot air going up the chimney by sucking in cold air through poorly sealed windows and doors—causing your home's heater to compensate. If you have an old fireplace, consider new, beautiful technology to keep your home warmer and greener this winter.
Today's natural gas fireplaces have an aesthetically pleasing, natural look and are far less polluting than older gas models. Because burning natural gas doesn't produce creosote (that black gunk that the chimney sweep cleans out), maintenance is also greatly reduced.
If you'd like, you can simply install a new style of faux logs and a material to spread out below that glows like embers when the fireplace is on. For maximum energy efficiency and safety, purchase a full fireplace insert complete with glass screen. These are particularly handy for retrofitting older fireplaces.
Bio-fuel fireplaces put off only a limited amount of heat, so they are best used for their aesthetic qualities rather than as a method for heating a room.
WoodTulikivi soapstone stove/fireplace coming out of Europe. Although bearing a bit of a heavy carbon footprint on the way over, they are a highly efficient, lovely looking way to warm a home. Essentially, they use the heat radiating properties of the soapstone to make the most use of the high efficiency wood-burning fire. The larger versions can heat an entire home from one relatively small fire.
To learn more, check out Eco-Friendly Fireplaces.
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