Is A Fireplace Hot Enough To Heat A Room?

Most people nowadays opt to install a heating system in place that’s not only effective, but stylish as well. While you are thinking about remote-controlled heaters and such, other homeowners would prefer to use a more traditional way of providing heat inside the house – fireplaces.

Fireplaces have been around since time immemorial to bring heat and light to the people. By lighting up a few logs on the hearth, a fire is produced, ultimately warming up the entire household.

However, most experts think that a fireplace (peis) is more of an energy waster instead.

Depending on the type of fireplace you wish to install, there are definitely advantages and disadvantages that come with it.

  1. Electric fireplace
  • Advantages:
  • Adds more ambiance than heaters
  • Easy to use
  • Longer lifespans due to lesser corrosion
  • No harmful fumes emitted
  • Disadvantages:
  • No power, no fire
  • Increases electric bills
  • Flames don’t look realistic
  • Does not add value to the home as it’s not a permanent fixture
  • Gas fireplace
  • Advantages:
  • Lesser maintenance – no after care needed
  • Disadvantages:
  • Need to put a separate gas line (propane) if you have a natural gas pipeline set up
  • Propane tank need to be stored outside the house considering its size. Either you hire someone to hide it with landscaping or bury it to the ground
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Advantages:
  • Produces genuine fire and crackling log sounds, as well as warmth
  • Disadvantages:
  • Inefficient to be used as a heating source as warm air flows up and out the chimney – including the warmth from other rooms of the house!
  • As the heated air rises, the draft pulls the warm air from the other rooms, sucking along with it the oxygen
  • Continue losing warm air as you need to open the damper for another 12 hours to prevent dying fire from depleting the oxygen in your home
  • Woodsy smell produced gives birth to creosote, a harmful by product builds up on the chimney
  • Solution:
  • Use hard wood (hickory, ash, oak, hard maple) as fuel for more heat production

Use doors to close the fireplace off.