Before you turn on your air conditioning, you close all the windows and doors. You don’t want your freshly chilled air escaping! That would cause your air conditioning system to work overtime, costing you more money.
And in the winter, homeowners want to maximize heat retention in their homes by sealing doors and window frames, using thermal lined curtains, and draft stoppers.
But what did you do about your old fireplace?
If your home has an unused or unsealed fireplace, you are making it easier for your conditioned air to escape, and that means you are paying for heating or cooling energy that you aren’t even using. In fact, one study showed that an open or unsealed damper on an unused fireplace in a well-insulated house can raise overall energy consumption by 30%!
To minimize energy loss, unused fireplaces require weather-stripping. This helps to prevent air leakage and wasted energy. Once sealed, most unused fireplaces become an eyesore in your home, quickly losing their appeal since they no longer create the warmth, ambiance and romance they used to.
To help bring warmth back to their fireplaces, some homeowners decorate with candles, flowers or other accessories. Sometimes, however, unused fireplaces simply get blocked off by furniture.
Fortunately, Dimplex manufactures a number of fireplace inserts and fireboxes that can help bring unused fireplaces to life.
When converting your old fireplace hearth to a new electric fireplace, it’s important that you have all the necessary measurements prior to selecting your unit. To ensure the new electric fireplace insert will fit, be sure to measure the height and width of your fireplace opening at different depths.
When you have those measurements, head over to your local electric fireplace showroom and find an insert or firebox that will work with your space!
With so many sizes and styles, from traditional real logs to sparkling media beds, you are sure to find a fireplace that will fit your décor. Talk to your retailer or installer about the installation requirements, such as properly sealing off your old fireplace so there is no air leakage and having the electrical hook-up available. Before long you will be enjoying the look and inviting atmosphere that only a fireplace can create.
Your old fireplace was originally the room’s focal point and with a new electric fireplace insert you will not only restore the impact of this feature, but you will save money on your energy bill by properly looking after the potential heating and cooling leak.
Want to bring your fireplace back to life with an electric? Find a local showroom!