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Posted on: January 1, 2020

Savings Project: Reduce heat loss from your fireplace


  • Keep your fireplace damper closed tightly when not in use. Keeping the damper open is like keeping an open window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
  • If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
  • If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
  • Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible.
  • Purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
  • Consider installing doors over the fireplace opening to cut down on drafts and heat loss through the chimney.

View more information about choosing and installing wood- and pellet-burning heaters. Learn tips for safe and efficient fireplace installation and wood burning

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