- Using a fireplace sends valuable heat up the chimney. Reduce the loss by installing glass doors.
- Have the chimney checked and inspected reguarly and burn only fully dried hardwoods to produce the most heat output.
- Provide an outside air source to fuel the fire in your fireplace to prevent sucking out conditioned room air.
- Keep your fireplace damper closed in the winter when not in use.
- In the summer, open the damper to create a natural cooling draught.
- If you don't use your fireplace, plug the chimney with fiberglass insulation and seal the doors with silicone caulk.
- Use grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.