Furnace vs Fireplace: Which One is More Efficient?

The residents of Bend can count on Mountain View Heating to provide them with conscientious information and a full range of heating services. As homeowners look for more efficient ways to heat their homes, the question of whether a fireplace or furnace is more efficient comes up often.

Furnaces and Fireplaces

Chances are you are not choosing between a furnace and a fireplace. You may be considering augmenting your existing furnace with a fireplace, or you may be buying a new system and deciding whether to purchase just a furnace or both. The answer is that it depends on you and your home.

The Advantage of Localized Heating

Most people can save through the use of localized heating. What that means is that you maintain a lower temperature throughout the home via your central system, and you then augment heating in the lived-in spaces via fireplaces, space heaters, sunlight and so forth. Homeowners who enjoy a fireplace can lower the house-wide temperature by as much as 10 degrees, which is a lot.

Zoned Heating and Cooling

A modern alternative to a traditional central system is a zoned system. Such systems feature variable-speed air handlers and multiple thermostats, which allow them to heat various areas of the home differently. If you are installing new equipment, this is an alternative to a furnace-plus-fireplace combination.

Choosing the Efficient Option

BTU is a measure of how efficient a heating product is, and you can use that rating to compare a furnace to a fireplace. However, as demonstrated above, that is not the whole story. Circumstances may vary, but if you are adding a fireplace to augment your furnace, it’s usually a win in the efficiency department.

Your Comfort Solution

Mountain View Heating in Bend wants to help you achieve maximum comfort at the best possible price, and we do that through performing expert heating services, including installation, maintenance, and repair. Call us today or contact us through our website to ask any questions or to schedule an appointment.