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The Benefits Of Fireplace Doors

By Paul Cameron

If you own a fireplace, you will want to seriously think about installing fireplace doors. They are available in a wide variety of styles and finishes which will suit any decor. Ornamental fireplace doors can be an elegant addition to any interior decor, but that’s not all they can offer you. Glass fireplace doors serve a valuable purpose with regards to safety. And they also improve your home’s ability to conserve energy. Read on to learn some of the advantages of fireplace doors.

The number one reason for having fireplace doors is for enhanced safety. Glass doors will prevent sparks and embers from escaping the fireplace and causing damage to your carpet. They also provide a barrier between the fire and your young children or pets. Be aware, however, that the doors will become very hot while the fire is going. Ensure that you teach your kids about the possible hazards of a fireplace.

Correctly installed fireplace doors will also help save you money on your energy costs. In the winter, they prevent the warm air in your home from escaping up the chimney. And in summertime, they keep out hot air that you’d have to pay to cool down with your air conditioning system. Fireplace doors can reduce the loss of air from your house by as much as 90 percent. You will have to ensure that you always keep them shut when you’re not making use of your fireplace. Usually, fireplace doors are made from glass. There are some that are made of screen, but they won’t provide the same benefits of glass when it comes to ability to conserve energy and safety.

When you’re installing doors on an existing hearth, there are some things you should be aware of. The installation requires that you drill into the masonry surrounding the fireplace. If your fireplace is getting on in years, there might be some damage that occurs during this procedure. It’s easier to install doors in a newer fireplace. If you’re not sure of how successful you’ll be, it’s a good idea to hire a contractor to get the job done.

As you can see, the benefits of fireplace doors are much greater than their attractive appearance. For a minor investment of energy and time, you’ll be able to see sizable savings on your heating and cooling bills. You’ll also experience the comfort of knowing that your family and property are better protected. And those things ought to help you enjoy your fireplace even more!

There’s more to a fireplace than just the fire. Learn more about fireplace tools, decorative fireplace accessories and even practical essentials like a fireplace heat exchanger at Fireplace Tools and Accessories.

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