Everyone loves the romantic and aesthetically appealing fireplace in the winter. It provides a comfy and warm feel to any room while still providing heat. Our team is no different, we love turning on our fireplace during the winter and spending time with family on the couch. But, while we all know how great the fireplace can be, something most people don’t know is that using your fireplace during the winter can rack up your bill. Where this really comes into play is when people have their thermostat set high, and their heating system running high, all while the fireplace is still providing heat. This is double the work and a waste of energy.
Most fireplaces in newer homes are going to be either gas or electric, but there are still quite a few wood burning fireplaces out there! The best way to go about deciding whether to use your heater or your fireplace this winter is by asking what you need the heat for. That sounds like a strange question, but for instance, if your whole home is chilly and you’re just looking to raise the temperature to a comfortable level, turn on your heater and let it do the dirty work. If you’re just looking for a warm and cozy time in the family room, then enjoy the fireplace, by all means!
Now remember, on the days that you do enjoy your fireplace, lower the temp just a pinch on your thermostat so that your HVAC system isn’t still running and using energy to warm up a house that doesn’t need heating. WHen you do this you save the energy needed to run your unit, eliminate the unnecessary work your system has to do, and you still get to enjoy the warmth within your home. If you have a gas or electric fireplace, this also saves you from spending money on letting it run and giving off heat that your home doesn’t need, wasting thermal energy.
For more information or questions regarding your HVAC system this winter, contact North Central Florida Heating and Air in Lake City. Our team of experts have the knowledge to provide you with everything that you could need in regards to heating and air services.