What is a blower insert?
Fireplace Blowers Fireplace inserts have a Firebox which is surrounded by a steel shell. Air from inside your home flows into the shell, is heated and then redistributed back into your living space. Fireplace blowers and fans will work in wood burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces and electric fireplaces.
Can I add a blower to my fireplace insert?
Yes, you can add a fan/blower to most gas and wood fireplaces, inserts, and stoves. You will need to find a fireplace rated fan that will fit your fireplace and follow all instructions for installation in the unit’s manual.
Do wood burning inserts have blowers?
If the wood or gas fireplace fan insert is modern, chances are a blower can be added to get the warmth moving faster than normal. Many inserts are made for the addition of a blower or have one already installed when new.
How do fireplace insert blowers work?
The blower pulls cool air from the room through the bottom louver, and then pushes the air up through the back of the fireplace, warming the cool air with the heat at the back of the fireplace. The warm air is then pushed out through the top louver back into your room.
Does my fireplace need a blower?
Gas fireplaces do not need a blower. Gas fireplaces can be used for hours without a blower as long as the gas fireplace is well vented. This is because a gas fireplace blower is an external unit. It is not an in-built part of the gas fireplace, so the gas fireplace can function without the blower.
How does a fireplace insert blower work?
A fireplace fan blower uses a space behind the fireplace to heat up air before it’s blown out into the room. This conductive heat transfer uses new air pulled in through vents, not air from your fire. This means the draft of your fireplace unit is not affected at all.
Does a fireplace blower use a lot of electricity?
Using a national average of $0.14 / kilowatt hour, running a 35-50 watt blower 24 hours a day for 365 days would cost between $35 – $50 annually. That’s not terribly expensive when we consider the costs of running an efficient gas furnace.
Does a fireplace blower make a difference?
To combat the inefficiencies of radiant heat and to lessen heat loss through venting, adding a blower or fan kit can significantly improve the overall efficiency of your fireplace. In fact, some blowers can improve gas fireplace efficiency by as much as 80%!
How much does it cost to add a blower to a gas fireplace?
A professional fireplace service company costs $400 to do the job. In about an hour, you can replace the blower yourself with a complete motor/fan blower assembly.
How do I get more heat from my wood fireplace?
How to Increase Heat From a Wood-Burning Fireplace
- Burn seasoned firewood.
- Open the damper as wide as possible to increase the amount of air to the fire.
- Clean your chimney once a year.
- Replace the screen in front of the fireplace with tempered glass doors, and keep the doors closed while a fire is burning.
How do I circulate the heat in my gas fireplace?
Place the box fan on low, facing INTO the space where your fireplace is, blowing the cool air at the unit. This will cause a convection reaction and the hot air will be forced away from the burning unit. If in a small room, the hot air will be moving out the door into larger spaces in no time.
How do I get the most heat out of my wood burning fireplace?
Turn Up the Heat: Tips to Follow
- Install a Fireplace Insert.
- Use Glass Doors.
- Use a Chimney Damper.
- Get Chimney Fans.
- Only Burn Dried Firewood.
- Use Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
- Keep Combustible Materials Away from the Fireplace.
- Clean Your Fireplace Regularly.
How do I get more heat from my fireplace insert?
6 Ways to Get More Heat from Your Wood
- Hot Fires = Cleaner Fires. How hot should you run your stove, fireplace or fireplace insert to get the most heat and cleanest burn?
- Use Seasoned, Dry Wood.
- Keep Your Chimney Clean.
- Run the Right-Sized Unit.
- Add Zone Heating for More Efficiency.
- Invest in a Newer Model.