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Fireplace at home: Living room ideas to save energy and money, without forgetting beauty and design.
With the winter season approaching, saving money on heating becomes a priority for most families.
Why paying high heating bills if you can choose many other alternative options for heating your home?
In this post and in the next one we’re talking about traditional and thermo-fireplaces, pellet stoves, water bearing fireplaces, gas and bioethanol fireplaces. I’m presenting you some innovative companies and their technological advanced products. Living room ideas to save energy and money, without forgetting beauty and design. Moreover, the main differences between the available technologies will be presented, in order to help you to choose the best suitable solution for your home.
Among the living room ideas to make your home feel cozy, let’s start with the beloved wood-burning fireplace. Basically, wood-burning fireplaces can be divided into 2 categories: open-hearth fireplaces and closed fireplaces.
Open-hearth fireplaces enable a direct contact with the fire, thus offering the possibility to produce air heating as well as to cook. However, their thermal efficiency is about 20%, since most of the air heating is pulled from your home and goes up the chimney flue.
To solve this problem, it’s possible to install a vented fireplace, composed of specific cavities where the air is heated through combustion process and spread in the air vents. A thermal efficiency rating of 30/40%.
Different is the closed system fireplace, especially the vented one, that provides a thermal efficiency of 80%. It works with the door closed, thus enabling to keep the fireplace area safe from children. It has a complex forced venting system with joints that enable to heat more than a room. Less fuel for longer (10 hours of combustion autonomy). Explore living room ideas to find new inspiration for your home, by choosing the best suitable solution for you. From the aesthetic point of view, an open fireplace is more beautiful and welcoming than a closed one, but the latter is preferable to produce heat and save energy. Once you’ve chosen for an open or closed system fireplace, vented or not, it will be necessary to choose the best appropriate cladding, depending on the context where the fireplace will be installed…
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