Monday, November 30, 2009
Reconsider Whether Or Not You Need A Fireplace!
Most fireplaces are a money hole. Yes, they create heat, but when a fireplace is in use, it generally pulls in as much cold air as the amount of hot air it creates. Additionally, when the fireplace is not in use, it lets in much more cold air than a wall would. It's nearly impossible to create an energy efficient fireplace without causing a fire hazard.
There are ways to help reduce the drafts caused by fireplaces, but many are dangerous. If you want to make your fireplace more efficient, call a professional. They would know how to safely work on your fireplace. A large number of house fires are caused by fireplace mishaps.
If you are in the process of buying a home, consider buying one without a fireplace. It will save you green!
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