If you are not getting the heat you think you should be out of your gas, wood, gel or pellet fireplace, then you may well be in need of a fireplace blower.
Fireplace blowers are made to blow air further into the room that the fireplace is located in so that the heat isn’t all wasted in one small area of your home. A fireplace blower will assist your fireplace in heating the entire room or sometimes the entire home as well, making it more efficient.
How a Fireplace Blower Works
The concept is fairly simple. Most fireplace blowers have tubes in them that are hollow. The tubes fill up with hot air and a fan blows over them and out towards the rest of the home, causing the heat to be evenly distributed throughout the home instead of just in front of the fireplace.
If the heat is not evenly distributed, it will rise right where it is and eventually exit though the roof without coming close to its heating potential before it exits the house. If it is moved around the house with a fireplace blower on the other hand, the heat is using its full potential by spreading itself into other areas of the home besides just directly in front of the heat source.
Types of Fireplace Blowers
Just as there are different types of fireplaces, there are different types of fireplace blower systems. There are two main types of fireplace blowers today. There is a built-in type and an add-on type. The built-in type of blower is associated with gel, pellet, gas and ventless fireplaces. These types are very specific for each brand and model of fireplace and they cannot be interchanged in most cases accept with some types of the same brand.
The wood fireplaces normally will take a different type of blower that is an add-on and much more universal than the built-in types. The add-on types are mostly for wood fireplaces, but will also work on some of the other types if they don’t already come with a built-in blower.
Installing a fireplace blower fan for a wood fireplace is normally pretty simple. There are different brands and types to choose from, but all come with their own easy to understand directions. So, installing them is not much of an issue usually.
Any hands on type of guy can install a fireplace blower without much trouble at all. They are all different, so it would be useless to give instructions here, but suffice it to say that wiring it is probably the trickiest part and there are only 2 or 3 wires normally. Therefore, even that is easy enough for an amateur do it yourself person.
You can pick up an add-on fireplace blower for anywhere from $75 to as much as $350 depending on what brand and where you go to buy it from.
So now that you have an idea of what a fireplace blower is all about, you should realize the benefits it offers. The only situation where you may not want one on your wood burning fireplace is if you only use it for aesthetic purposes and rarely use it at that.
But, if you consider your fireplace a major source of heat for your home or would like to be able to consider it one, then you need a fireplace blower.
Now that you know how you can purchase one for under $200 in almost all cases, it would seem foolish not to get one considering the amount of energy you will be saving by spreading your fireplace’s heat throughout the rest of your house instead of letting it all fade away right in front of the fireplace.
The more you think about it, the more sense it makes. So, we suggest you go out and get one for your fireplace today if you haven’t already done so. Good luck heating your home efficiently this winter and stay warm no matter what.