Benefits of Having a Fireplace
Fireplaces have many benefits besides providing heat, making celebrations with family and friends more festive, and being the ideal place to hang Christmas stockings. They also cut costs on heating, are Eco-Friendly, and provide a backup lighting/heating source. The following paragraphs describe how Fireplaces, and Fireplace Glass Doors can benefit you.
More Affordable Heating
Wood is the most inexpensive form of heating fuel, especially if you have access to free firewood. As utility companies raise their rates year after year, many homeowners depend more on fireplaces to reduce their utility bills. It costs over $30 to produce 1 million BTUs with electricity, and only $10 to produce the same amount of heat with firewood, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Heating Fuel Comparison Calculator.
Homeowners who have a Fireplace Insert, Masonry Fireplace, or Wood Burning Stove, produce significantly more heat with natural firewood, or gas logs. These appliances can potentially be used in place of central heating, which means utility bills shrink to the point of meaningful savings. The firewood itself will also last longer while producing more heat, because more complete combustion is produced.
When you use wood to heat your home, you reduce your carbon footprint. The use of fossil fuels release large amounts of carbon when used for heating because wood is carbon neutral. What this means is that firewood releases the same amount of carbon, whether it decays naturally in a forest or is burned in a fireplace. In addition, firewood is a renewable resource. When cutting trees down on your own property for firewood, simply re-plant more trees than you cut down to avoid being a part of deforestation. Trees are important for oxygen creation and carbon dioxide absorption, which is why we need to be careful, and avoid using firewood that isn’t replaced by new trees.
Backup Heating and Lighting Source
In the worst winter storms, it is not unusual for blackouts to occur. It can be dangerous to lose your light and heat source during the winter. A fireplace makes it possible to keep warm while the electricity is out. The fireplace also provides a means to heat water and food, in addition to being a source of light. The discomfort produced by blackouts is greatly reduced when you have a fireplace.