Most homeowners welcome the idea of a more efficient fireplace. Who wouldn’t? Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to figure out how to make it happen. If you’re like most of our customer base, you’ve heard of a fireplace blower, but might not be feeling confident about whether or not one would actually work in your home. We get it! Why invest the money in something if it’s not going to deliver results, right?
Well, let us reassure you that fireplace blowers do actually work, and they make a great contribution to any living space. They function by drawing in your home’s air, then heating it in a specially-designed tube that is installed near your fireplace. In other words, your fireplace is heating both your home and this drawn-in air at the same time!
Once the air gets hot enough (which doesn’t take long), it pushes the air back into your living space, allowing you to get as much heat as possible from your fireplace.
And don’t worry about your space getting too hot, either. Blowers are designed to automatically turn off after reaching a certain temperature (set based on your personal preferences).
Once people learn how blowers work, this brings up another question: Will it work with my specific fireplace? Learn more about this below!
Blowers & Your Gas-Fueled Fireplaces
Gas fireplaces can be pretty efficient at heating homes when installed correctly and used appropriately, but you’re always going to have heat loss, no matter what type of appliance you invest in. When purchasing a fireplace, most homeowners hope to reduce heating bills by cranking down the thermostat and cozying by the fireplace, but when this doesn’t become a reality, it can be frustrating.
Blowers can help eliminate these frustrations, and they use little electricity while doing so. They make a big impact, ensuring you get a high reward with little cost to you. You’ll notice the difference in comfort levels right away! If you have a gas-fueled fireplace, then purchasing a blower should be next on your to-do list.
Blowers & Your Wood-Burning Fireplaces
So, it’s clear that a blower works well with most gas fireplaces, but what if I have a wood-burning unit? Will a blower still work with my set-up? It’s likely it will! In fact, wood-burning units are known for their lack of efficiency, as they send most of your heat up and out of the chimney. A blower could amp up your fireplace game significantly!
All in the all, the big criteria for blowers is that they have to be installed in a circulating fireplace. This means that the air in your home is drawn into the fireplace, then vented back out into your space. A blower is meant to aid this process, so you get the most heat possible. If this is the case for you, you’ll be good to go!
What You’ll Gain
So, looking at the big picture… what will I gain from investing in a fireplace blower?
Well, for one thing, you’ll be able to rely less on your home’s central heating system. This means lower month-to-month bills. There’s simply no point in wasting energy on heating every room in the house, when most of the time, those rooms aren’t even being occupied. We suggest cranking down the heat, gathering everyone in front of the fireplace and popping in your favorite holiday movie!
And the heat you gain is undeniable. If you’re frustrated with your fireplace’s performance, then blowers offer an easy way to put your concerns to rest. Who doesn’t want more heat from their system? Make these holidays better by investing in yours today.
Should I Worry About Aesthetics?
Many are concerned that a blower will affect the look and overall atmosphere of their fireplace system. Fireplaces are typically the focal point of the room, and most love the ambiance they create, but if a big hunk of metal is installed and messes up the vibe, then all that magic can be lost.
Well, no worries! Most blowers are discreet and well-concealed, so the look of your living space won’t be affected at all. Along with this, they’re known for being quiet and low-key, so you won’t have to worry about excess noise. Overall, they take away nothing, but they add quite a bit – can’t beat that!
DIY or Hire a Pro?
As with most fireplace-related appliances and services, hiring a CSIA-certified sweep is always recommended. DIY attempts often lead to incorrect installation, which hinders performance and puts loved ones at risk. When it comes to your fireplace and chimney, it’s always better to play it safe!
Fortunately for homeowners in Grand Junction, Fruita, Delta, Ouray, Montrose, Moab, and all of their surrounding towns, cities, and neighborhoods, The Chimney Doctor team can help with it all.
Why Trust Us?
Our crew is CSIA-certified, but our list of credentials doesn’t end there. We also have our HeatShield® Factory-Training/Installer certification, and we’re members of both the NCSG and the NFPA, as well. When it comes to chimney and fireplace knowledge, we don’t skimp! We do everything possible to stay up to date on any new technologies or advancements, ensuring you’re always getting the highest level of care possible.
So, why wait? A better fireplace experience is right around the corner, and we’re able to help you out with it all.