Fireplace Energy Efficiency
Choose your level of energy efficiency
Fireplace Efficiency (FE) is the measure of a fireplace's energy-efficiency performance over an entire heating season and is expressed as a percentage.
- The higher the number, the more efficient the unit.
- Most new natural gas fireplaces have a fire-efficiency rating between 30 and 70 per cent.
Energy efficiency features
The EnerGuide label shows how a fireplace compares to similar Canadian products on the energy-efficiency scale. < Learn about EnerGuide and how it can help you make wise energy choices.
Look for these features for a higher EnerGuide rating:
- Direct vent design.
- Automatic electronic ignition system.
- Ceramic glass front that transmits heat more efficiently.
- A quiet circulating fan that forces more heat to the room.
- Temperature control with a wide turndown range.
- Ducting capabilities that enable you to connect your fireplace to existing ductwork and distribute heat to remote areas of your home.
Simple ways to save energy
- During the summer months or when you're not using your fireplace, turn your pilot light off. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when relighting.
- When you&'re using the fireplace, turn your home's main thermostat down.
- Keep the fireplace thermostat at the lowest setting possible while still maintaining your comfort level.
- Clean the glass on your fireplace to maximize heat transfer.