If you have a fireplace in your home, you might be planning on using it as a source to keep your home nice and warm this winter. Even though it's true that a fireplace can be very cozy and can provide supplemental heat for your family during the winter, you probably should not rely on it as your sole source of heat. Instead, you may want to work with a heating contractor to repair your furnace or install a new furnace in your home. Here's why a fireplace isn't really a good single source of heat for the home.
For one thing, you should think about just how time-consuming it can be to keep a fire going in your fireplace all the time. You might find yourself spending a lot of time cutting and storing firewood, hauling the firewood into your home, scooping out ashes from your fireplace, starting and tending your fire and more. If you're short on time, all of this can be a lot more of a hassle than simply relying on a thermostat to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
You Can't Leave it Unattended
It is very dangerous to leave a fire going in your fireplace when you aren't watching it. If you spend a lot of your time away from home during the day, this means that you could find yourself coming home to a cold house every evening. Then, you'll have to wait for your fire to get started and to warm up your home. If you have a furnace that is in good condition, however, you can leave it running all day without any problems.
It Won't Provide Even Heat
Another problem with relying on your fireplace to heat your home is the fact that it does not provide even heat. If the fireplace is located in your living room, for example, you might find that the living room itself is a bit too warm when the fire is blazing but that other rooms in the home are too chilly. A furnace that is properly installed and maintained should be able to keep your home at a nice, even and comfortable temperature, however.
As you can see, even though a fireplace is definitely a nice thing to have, you should not rely on it alone to heat your home. Instead, consider the benefits of working with a heating contractor to install a furnace that will work well for heating your home or to have your home's existing furnace repaired and maintained so that you can rely on it all winter long. Contact a service, like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, for more help.