Fireplaces have always been a popular interior design trend, but they’re still all about function first. We’ve put together these tips on how you can heat your home using a fireplace for Ottawa residents who know all too well that every heat source counts during the frigid Canadian winters.
Every house is laid out differently, so there isn’t one right answer for where you should put your fireplace for optimal results, but the key to heating your home using a fireplace is to focus on airflow. Certain fireplaces require a chimney or other means of ventilation, which will limit where you can put them, but fireplace placement is another factor you’ll want to consider. Ideally, your fireplace should be on the main floor in the most central location or room so that you can ensure there is a lot of airflow to the rest of your home.
The best way to disperse the warm air from your fireplace throughout the rest of your home is with the help of your forced air heating and cooling system. These systems allow you to turn on just the fan for circulation purposes, which allows you to circulate the hot air from your fireplace to other areas in your home. You can also turn your ceiling fans on in reverse so that they pull the cold air up where it’s then warmed by the heat that has risen, and then it will circulate back down along the walls. If you don’t have a forced-air system or ceiling fans, not to worry, you can use box fans to create the same convection effect by facing them towards the space where the fireplace is, so they can draw in the cooler air and warm it up.
Unfortunately, if you don’t have the right layout or airflow systems you might have trouble using a fireplace to heat your home, but with a few minor renovations, you can be toasty all winter long. One quick renovation example is ‘pass through vents’, they are easy to install, and they direct the heat produced by your fireplace upwards to encourage flow. You can also install transoms, which are essentially pane-less windows, above the doors in various rooms around your home. In addition to these simple renovations, it’s also relatively easy to install ceiling fans around your home, and they should give you all the airflow you need to heat your home using a fireplace.
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