How to Attach a Fireplace Reflector
A fireplace reflector can be installed to conserve energy as it improves heating in the furnace and enhances distribution. They are made from different materials which makes it possible to select designs that fit well in the house. These vary from basic to elegant and functional designs.
Step 1 – Buy Correct Fireplace Reflector
When shopping for a reflector to attach at the fireplace, consider the type of material found around the area. This can be a good guide in selecting an appliance that will fit in properly with the material used in the fireplace. Use a measuring tape to get the width and length of the fireplace. This makes it possible to get the correct fit.
Step 2 – Assemble Necessary Materials
The tools and materials used when fixing a fireplace reflector largely depends on the type and materials used in the fireplace. For brick, refractive cement may be used to secure the reflector in place. For chimneys with metal surroundings then special adhesive or screws can be used.
Clear enough space around the chimney to provide enough room for working. Cover seats and décor items in the room as well. Proper organization and planning can have the job done in a few hours.
Step 3 – Clean Fireplace
Use a brush or broom to remove soot, creosote and other debris from the fireplace. This helps provides a clean surface to work on. It also gives an attractive finish when the job is done. Clean the entire chimney and remove leaves, birds nest and other materials that might clog up the place as a safety precaution. It is enhances the cleanliness and hygiene of the fireplace.
Step 4 – Attach Fireplace Reflector
Modern designs allow a fireplace reflector to be easily fixed to fireplaces. With this type of appliance, remove the outer covering and spread it out before mounting it on the fireplace. Prop it up and make sure it is fast and secure.
For fireplace reflectors that might need fastening, use the correct size of a screw driver to fix the appliance in the furnace. Start by drilling holes on the surface of the fireplace, be careful when positioning the reflector in place, place the screws in place and fasten them using a screw driver. Check if the reflector is secure and make adjustments.
Choose easy to install fireplace reflectors especially when working with brick or clay fireplaces. It is not advisable to drill or make holes on the material as it can weaken the surface of the fireplace. For this case, opt for reflectors that require minimal fixing or connection to the existing surface.
Step 5 – Test Fire Reflector
Clean up after fixing the appliance and put on the fire. Check whether the fire reflector is positioned properly and that it provides optimum effects such as reflection and conserving heat.
- Enjoy the benefits of fireplace reflectors. It prevents heat escape through chimneys by keeping it in the home.
- Protects materials used to construct the fireplace
- Make it a practice to regularly inspect the condition and quality of the fireplace and other accessories used in the area