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As the colder months approach, many homeowners will be thinking of ways they can keep warm without spending a small fortune on their utility bills. A great way to keep bills to a minimum, whilst still keeping your home warm and cosy is to make use of a fireplace. Not only do they provide a source of heat in the winter, but also a certain charm and aura that makes the winter months all the more bearable. In this article we will explain some of the benefits of using a fireplace to heat your home in the winter months.
The rustic winter lifestyle
There is something so romantic and cosy about sitting in front of fire in your living room on a cold winter evening. Fireplaces are great for giving your home a rustic, log-cabin feel that is currently very desirable in the world of interior design. Arrange your furniture around your fireplace, or lay down a rug in front of it so you can sit nice and close. If you have an open fire and young children in your household, you will need to purchase a screen so that they do not accidently burn themselves.
Fireplaces are usually found in living rooms as they were traditionally the most occupied room in the house. Today this isn’t always the case as many households have televisions in each bedroom, so children tend end up in one room and parents in another. Encourage the family to spend more time together by playing an old board game whilst you enjoy a mug of hot chocolate each in front of your fire.
Keeping warm this winter
Burning firewood is one of the most energy efficient ways to keep warm and cosy in the colder winter months. There is nothing quite like a crackling fire to beat the winter blues and lessen the effects of a chilly winter night. Bring in a small pile of firewood to put beside your fireplace so that you can keep topping it up throughout the evening, without having to take a trip in the cold to your shed outside.
If you live in a country where the weather never really gets that hot (like here in Britain), you can make use of your fireplace all year round, without feeling guilty about spending money on heating your home.
Reducing your winter utility bills
Making use of a fireplace can help to reduce your winter utility bills. The fire will produce heat, meaning that you do not need to have your thermostat on or plug in your electric heater. Using an electric heater may keep you nice and cosy, but they are also known for being extremely expensive to run. Let’s face it – a fireplace looks much more attractive in your living room anyway!
If you are thinking of installing a fireplace in your home, keep in mind that closed cast iron fireplaces are much more heat efficient. Although traditional open fires look very grand and beautiful, they tend to lose a lot of the heat produced from the fire up the chimney.
If you are looking for a greener and more cost efficient way to heat your home this winter, then why not make use of a fireplace? Not only will a closed fireplace provide the warmth and cosy feeling you desire, but it will also bring the family together and add a beautiful focal point to your living room. There is no longer a need to feel the dread of the colder months or the high utility bills that come with them!
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