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The Environmental Impact of Using a Fireplace 

In today’s climate, everyone seeks methods to maintain their health. This pertains to dietary choices, the fuel used in vehicles, and even the type of fireplace one should consider owning. The health and well-being of your family is of the utmost importance. If you can make a difference, then why not?

A fireplace is one of the most comforting elements to most of us in our homes. The enjoyment of sitting by a warm fire on a cold winter night, you can’t beat it. But we must consider the environmental impact that a fireplace can cause.

There are different types of fireplaces that are more efficient than others. Let’s take a look at a few.

wood burning fireplace in Chesterfield Township NJWood-burning fireplace 

Probably the most inefficient of all options. They are the most traditional. However, much of the heat rises up your chimney. If you are trying to get the healthiest of fireplaces, this should not be your option. The emission that is expelled into your home and into the environment is the most dangerous of all fire elements. Also creosote builds up in your chimney that is toxic. A yearly chimney sweep is required to clean out this toxin. Creosote is also very flammable at high temperatures and can cause a chimney fire.

Pellet Stoves

Pellet stoves are very efficient.  Pellets burn much cleaner and the emission waste is much less. Pellets are made of compressed sawdust making this product ideal to store in homes. You will find that pellets have an extended shelf. Wood pellets won’t attract bugs, mice, or fungus either. Because pellets are heavily compressed, which reduces the water content, they burn hotter and cleaner than cured wood. This makes a pellet stove a cleaner option than a traditional wood-burning fire.

Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are much cleaner than wood-burning fireplaces. Much easier than both the Pellet stove and the wood-burning fireplace. They are not, by any means the most efficient heat source with gas prices rising. Heat escaping up the flue, a gas fireplace may be merely a space heater rather than an efficient way to heat the home. Of course, if you are looking for an easy way to enjoy a fire, this may be the option you choose. Gas-burning fireplaces are environmentally friendly. Gas fireplaces are slowly replacing the traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Due to the ease of enjoyment and the environmental benefits. 

electric fireplace installation in Pennington NJElectric Fireplace

An eclectic fireplace may get you the look that you are after. However, it won’t give you the heat that you desire. Converting electricity into heat may be energy efficient. But a space heater would most likely give you more heat. Using an electric fireplace there will be no emission of toxic gases. It is certainly environmentally friendly.

Mercer County Chimney Service is the top-rated chimney and fireplace contractor in New Jersey and Mercer County. Our technicians are fully licensed and certified for your peace of mind. We are experts in the field. Call us to discuss your options in fireplaces. 

Book your appointment today to get your chimney ready for winter by calling 609–802–5288.