When you think about a traditional wood-burning fireplace, you might picture it surrounded by a group of people who are basking in the warmth. What you don’t picture is the rest of the house getting colder.
In most cases, traditional fireplaces actually draw more heat out of a home than they add, according to a Chicago Tribune article. “When you start up a fire in a wood-burning fireplace, you open up the damper — that's the small door that opens and closes the chimney flue,” the article states. “Opening that damper is like opening a window in the same room, except the flue is constructed to have a vacuum-like effect. This is to make sure the smoke and poisonous gases from the fire [are] thoroughly exhausted from your home.”
This vacuum effect also causes much of the heat produced by the fire to escape the house through the chimney. Every minute, as much as 1,000 cubic feet of warmed air can be lost through the chimney, according to U.S. Department of Energy studies, the article points out.
So, although you feel warm when you’re sitting in front of a fire, your home may actually be losing heat, which means you’re wasting energy and money. And that's not even taking into account the costs associated with buying firewood or purchasing a good chainsaw.
Luckily, a new technology is available to provide the same warmth of a fireplace without losing any of the heat.
Radiant panels emit radiant heat, which is the same type of heat that fireplaces produce. Instead of heating the air, radiant heat warms the people and objects in the room directly — just like the sun. This gives you that toasty warm feeling when you’re sitting in front of the heat source. However, unlike fireplaces, radiant panels offer much better output because they don’t provide an escape route for the heat. Radiant panels do not have a damper; they simply consist of a sleek and modern-looking panel powered by electricity. That means you can say goodbye to wasted energy.
Radiant panels can be easily mounted to the wall to provide supplementary heat. If you already have a fireplace in your home, just close the damper and turn on your radiant panel instead. Your room will still benefit from the beauty of the fireplace, but a radiant panel will provide the heating functionality. Plus, you can use the radiant panel as a mirror or a piece of art, depending on which model you choose, so the style of your room will be even further enhanced.
WarmlyYours Radiant Heating offers two brands of radiant panels: Ember® and LAVA®. Both brands feature high-quality radiant heating but in different sizes, colors, styles and wattages. To learn more about the panels, visit www.warmlyyours.com/radiant-panel-heating.