Most Heat Efficient Fireplaces
The fireplace is one of the most beloved features of any home. But a traditional wood-burning fireplace is an inefficient heating source, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For every $1 spent on fuel, 85-90 cents will be expelled through the chimney. The chimney works like a vacuum sucking out much of the air to get rid of the smoke and contaminants. But up to 90% of the heat goes right out too.
So, can you have the ambiance of a traditional fireplace without losing most of the heat? Absolutely! The following EPA-certified fireplaces not only has the highest heating efficiency, but they are also the most environmentally friendly too.
#1 Ventless Gas Fireplaces
Ventless gas fireplaces emit the highest amount of heat with 100% efficiency and are eco-friendly. They have the look and feel of a traditional fireplace, but don’t require a chimney. Instead, heated air is recirculated around the room and back into the fireplace keeping the space warm and cozy. Ventless gas fireplaces are available in a variety of sizes and can be customized in different styles from modern to traditional. They are also low maintenance and a great source of heating for large spaces.
#2 Electric Fireplaces
Electric fireplaces are growing in popularity. The big advantage of an electric fireplace is its 100% heating efficiency and almost zero maintenance. It produces plenty of heat for an entire room but is costlier to operate than gas. Although it doesn’t produce flames, newer models have a more realistic experience. Electric fireplaces operate on standard household current and can be installed practically anywhere, including the kitchen or in tight spaces. They are available in many different sizes and styles to reflect the character of the home.
#3 Wood Inserts
Wood-burning fireplace inserts are a great way to upgrade an inefficient wood fireplace. These self-contained units fit directly inside an existing masonry fireplace and work much like a wood stove. An adjustable thermostat maintains the desired temperature with amazing accuracy. With an 80% heating efficiency, you will use less wood fuel to fill an entire room with warmth and ambiance. There are also zero-clearance models to fit in smaller spaces. And if you don’t want to chop wood, but still want a wood-burning experience pellet inserts are a convenient alternative.
#4 Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces
Direct vent gas fireplaces offer a realistic fire burning experience but require a chimney or vent to operate. Although they have a 70% heating efficiency, it retains more than 5x the heat than a traditional wood-burning fireplace. Since a direct vent gas fireplace can be built directly inside an existing fireplace, it’s an easy upgrade for homeowners that want to convert from wood to the convenience of gas.
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