Aug 16

Stop wasting energy and bring unused fireplaces to life

Imagine leaving a window open all winter long – the heat loss, cold drafts, and wasted energy!  Well if your home has an unused or unsealed fireplace, you may be doing just that and paying for energy that you are not utilizing.  One remarkable research study showed that an open damper on an unused fireplace in a well-insulated house can raise overall heating energy consumption by 30%!

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Fireplaces require weather-stripping to prevent energy loss.  When fireplaces are not being used they should be sealed to prevent air leakage and wasted energy.  Once sealed most unused fireplaces become an eyesore in your home.  Sometimes they are decorated with candles or other accessories or are blocked off by old furniture.  They are no longer the focal point of the space and quickly lose their appeal since they don’t create the warmth, ambiance and romance they used to.

Dimplex manufactures a number of fireplace inserts and fireboxes that can help bring unused fireplaces to life.  Simply do the prep work by sealing your fireplace properly so there is no air leakage.  Have an electrician install a standard electrical outlet inside the fireplace opening and choose a Dimplex electric fireplace that suits your needs and taste.  With sizes ranging from 23” to 50” in width you will surely find a fireplace that will fit your needs.  Before you know it you will be enjoying the rumbling flames and inviting atmosphere that only a fireplace can create.


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I am the Brand Manager for the Construction Division at Dimplex.  I am responsible for marketing new products and organizing the activities of our sales force and distributor base throughout North America.

Comments (7)

  • Patricia on August 17th, 2011 at 5:04pm

    Is the photo above picturing the trim kit for a fireplace insert?

  • Peter Evans on September 3rd, 2011 at 2:10am

    Does or will the Optimist model be available in less that 27.75″ models (for small fireboxes)?

  • chad on September 12th, 2011 at 12:38pm

  • Sue on October 24th, 2011 at 1:25am

    Will the optimyst be available in a 42 inch insert this year?

    • chad on October 24th, 2011 at 7:26pm

      Hello Sue,

      At this time, it won’t be – I will forward this to our product development team.

  • DONNY REAGAN on August 24th, 2012 at 10:27pm


    • chad on August 27th, 2012 at 12:14pm

      Hey Donny,

      No we don’t have any trim kits available for the 25″ insert at this time… We will be releasing our new OptiMyst model in the upcoming weeks.