A fireplace is a wonderful feature to have in a home but it can waste a lot of energy if you don’t remember to close the damper when the fireplace is not in use. The damper is there to help get rid of the combustion fumes created by the fireplace. It is designed to suck air out of fireplace and subsequently out of the home. When the damper is left open after the fire is put out, it continues to pull air from inside the home. Even with the grates closed, you could lose tons of costly heat through the damper. We all like to cuddle up around fires, but they are not a practical source of heat. Once you are done enjoying its ambiance, please remember to close the damper! This small yet commonly forgotten task can and will help you avoid excess heat loss up the chimney.
Bathroom and Kitchen Fans
There is also another area in the home where you could be pumping all of the hot air outdoors. The bathroom and kitchen fans are designed to expel bad smells and excess moisture from the home, but if left on for longer than necessary, you could also expel the heat. Be sure that you only operate your bathroom fan or over the oven fan when absolutely necessary. All that warm air that is escaping will be replaced by cold outside air as the negative pressure you are creating pulls in cold air through other leaks in the home’s envelope. Forgetting these two simple tips will make the HVAC system work harder to keep your home warm this winter, and no one wants to pay more than they have to on their energy bills.