Furnace vs Fireplace: Which One is More Efficient?

November 12, 2019

When the temperatures start dropping, the price of heating your home starts rising. You want to heat your house in the most efficient way possible, so you ask yourself the following: Should I use my furnace, my fireplace, or both? The short answer to that question is that it largely depends on how you want to heat your house. Fireplaces and furnaces each work by burning natural gas and by releasing heat, but the journey that the heat takes to actually make your home feel warmer is not the same.

Getting the Specifics

Your central furnace’s job is to heat your entire house. It burns gas at a much higher temperature than the fireplace, but all of that heat has farther to travel as it goes through the ductwork. Your house will have bigger and smaller rooms, which means that the heat will be better at heating some rooms and worse at others. This is especially true once you factor in how far away a room is from the furnace.

Fireplaces, on the other hand, burn gas at a lower temperature than furnaces. However, the heat from them goes directly into the room, which means less waste. This method is called zone heating. You can heat up one room faster this way.

In other words, you have to balance which rooms you want to be heated. Ideally, you can put your furnace at a lower temperature and let a fireplace do the heavy lifting in a particular room. However, that all depends on your house and on which rooms people spend most time.

Ask the Experts

If you find that you need help sorting out all of your heating or cooling needs, Accurate Heating & Cooling is happy to help. We are a full-service HVAC company serving North Perkin, IL, and the surrounding areas. If you need to repair or replace your heating and cooling equipment, our NATE-certified technicians can lend a hand. Helping people feel comfortable in their own homes is what we do, and we can help you, too. Give Accurate Heating & Cooling a call today!