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It might seem counterintuitive, but because your fireplace flue sucks heated air out of a room and up the chimney, using your fireplace will actually cost you money on your heating bills. If you do want to enjoy a fire, invest in insulated tempered glass doors that will let you enjoy the warm glow without losing money. Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use, and consider installing an inflatable “chimney balloon” to keep cold air out and warm air in.
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