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As winter approaches and cold temperatures become more frequent, you may be wondering what is the best way to heat your home. Your fireplace may be the option for you. It can heat your entire home as long as a few conditions are met.

Fireplace That Can Heat a Home

If you are looking to heat your entire home with your fireplace, it is important to know what type of fireplace you have. Some fireplaces are able to complete the task, while some are just for looks. Below are the types of fireplaces that will be able to warm your home:

EPA Wood Certified Fireplaces: With a secure door, ceramic glass, and certified to EPA’s standard, this type of wood fireplace would not only burn very efficiently, but it would allow you to generate large amounts of heat. The best type of this fireplace is one with air control, so you will be able to adjust the fire.

High Efficient Gas Fireplaces: For a home that’s not too large with favorable air circulation, a direct-vent fireplace with ceramic glass will be able to warm your home. Just like an EPA Wood Certified Fireplace, you will want to have air control to be able to adapt the flame to what you need.

Pellet Fireplaces: This type of fireplace tends to be very efficient and can create enough heat to warm your entire home. The higher efficiency, the better.

Fireplaces that Heat Rooms

Not all fireplaces will warm your entire home. Below are the ones that will not be able to complete the job.

  • Decorative wood fireplaces will only be able to heat a single room, not your whole home.
  • Gas fireplaces with tempered glass will also be able to only heat a single room.
  • Electric fireplaces that are similar to space heaters will not heat an entire home.
  • A wood or gas steel fireplace or open masonry will not heat your entire home. It will actually do the opposite as it takes the warm air through the chimney.
  • Gas logs may produce heat right in front of the fireplace, but they will not heat your home.

Selecting the Right Fireplace

There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing the right fireplace for your home. You need to consider where you live, the size of your home, the insulation levels, and the number of windows. These factors will influence the amount of heat necessary.

You will also need to decide what type of fuel you want for your fireplace. You can typically choose from wood, gas, or pellet.

Where your fireplace is in your home plays a great role. The more central it is in your home, the better. Remember that heat rises. It is also important to note that the room with the fireplace will be warmer than other rooms in the house since the fireplace radiates heat.

Does heating your home with a fireplace save money?

The simplest answer is it depends. You may save money with a wood-burning fireplace, while with pellet or gas, you may not. However, with any option, your home will be more comfortable. In most places, there are savings to be made when you heat your home with a fireplace.

Using a Local Fireplace Company

Deciding on a fireplace is hard, especially when you are tasking it with heating your entire home. The experts at Ed’s Woodshed know what is involved to make it happen. They will be able to provide you with the information to make the best choice for you.

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