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Heat Up Your Fireplace!

 

It’s winter, and in some places it’s rather cold, and fireplaces are a necessity. Here in Southern California it’s still warm and sunny, but I still like to have a fire going once and awhile. However, if I have an inefficient fireplace, I might as well be burning dollar bills. Most of the warmth generated from the fireplace is being sucked up the chimney and headed right outside. If you have an open masonry fireplace, it’s only about 15% effective, and you’re wasting your money. Plus, if you keep the damper left open when there is no fire, it actually negatively affects your house’s temperature.

 

So how can you actually make a fireplace worth it? Well it all starts with the type of fireplace, for instance wood burning fireplaces have poor efficiency whereas a gas or electric fireplace is more efficient. Plus, if you decide to sell your home, wood burning fire places don’t looks as good as a gas or electric fireplaces. You get a better return with electric or gas.

 

If you already have a fireplace there are plenty of things you can do to increase efficiency. First make sure your chimney is clean, after that it’s mostly about your actual fireplace features, features like doors. Without doors, your fireplace will suck heat from your house and send it up the chimney, there are endless designs of ceramic doors that let heat from the fire ebb into the house without the heat inside escaping. Doors can also add a little safety, especially when there are kids around.

 

You could also look into dampers. There are two main categories of dampers. First there are throat dampers, which are typically made of cast iron, and sit near the bottom of the chimney regulating air flow. However, they can warp or rust over time, compromising the seal and becoming less effective. The other type would be the more typical top mount, which sits atop the chimney and is preferred by some experts.

 

You can also look into steel grates, but they have a tendency to warp and wear out. If you’re going that route be sure to get a heavy duty cast iron version. Another possibility is to purchase one with a blower on the bottom that sends heat back into the room. This allows for an enormous increase of efficiency as it helps heat the house. You can also buy grates that are made of metal tubes that draw in the room’s cold air, heat it with the fire and push it back into the home, which increases efficiency.
However, no matter how efficient your fireplace is, it won’t work well if your home is inefficient. If your window and their seals are cheap or old you’ll lose heat there. If your attic isn’t insulated, or you keep doors open, you’re wasting heat. If you ignore the rest of your house, it does not matter how efficient your fireplace is, you won’t really even notice a difference.

As always, if you want help with your fireplace or if you’re considering a home don’t hesitate to call National Realty Group at (800) 406-9606, visit us at NationalRealtyGroup.com or stop by our office. We’ll find you and agent that help you get the best burn out of your fireplace, keeping you from burning your cash.

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About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.

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