Using Fireplace Fans to Improve Home Heating
Fireplaces as they are may be enough to provide a rooms heating requirements particularly during cold weather. By just building the standard fire, it may take some time for a fireplace to produce heat. But theres a technique now to help increase heat in the home and this is through the use of additional fireplace accessories. There are fireplace fans or blowers that do not take up so much space but can increase the flow of heat into the room or other rooms as well.
Fireplace fans are recommended for direct vent and ventless gas and electric fireplaces although they can work well with any type of fireplace. By using a fan, heat is circulated faster in the entire living room in less time. An added benefit is that the heat that builds up on the mantle as a result of the fire will be greatly reduced.
These fans are very portable and come in different sizes to fit any kind of fireplace. As a free standing unit, you can put it anywhere in the room you desire. To circulate air throughout a room, the fan should be placed in front of the fire. To provide hot air to another room, the fireplace fan should ideally be situated in a doorway.
Some experts, however, believe that fans should be installed along with the construction of a fireplace. This is to ensure that the fan works in coordination with the fireplace. Fan installation is easy and less costly. The only requirement would be an electrical junction box near the fireplace to accommodate the fan. You can inquire about the device and the installation cost from your local hardware or electrical store.
One type of fireplace using fans is the electric unit. An electric fireplace normally has a built-in fan forced heater that blows the heat into an interior space. This fireplace fan features a thermostat to control heat level and is very powerful that it can blow warm air to several rooms instantly. An electric fireplace normally has a large coil which gets its power from electricity. The fan starts to operate the moment the coil is heated thus blowing hot air into the entire room.
Whats good about an electric fireplace is that its safer to use than the wood burning structure or stove because of the absence of sparks or flames. Additionally, the fact that no wood and extra storage space is needed makes it even more convenient to homeowners.
Fireplace fans are safe to use. Homeowners should to understand that using it will not affect the fires combustion rate nor the fire quality of your fireplace. And for homeowners who have some kind of technical skills and who dont want to spend on another device, they can even create their own fireplace fans by making use of computer fans, AC adapter, steel sheet and some useful tools.
For those who have the budget, its best that before purchasing your fireplace fan you find out first the available models and compare features as well as prices. There are fans that consume less energy, cheaper to operate, easy to install without the need for tools, operates without noise, not permanently attached to a fireplace and can run even during power outages.