I have a family room brick fireplace which is attached to an outer wall and right below it another one in the basement. These put together are a major reason for heat loss in my house.
Can this whole chimeny+2 fireplaces structure be removed? If yes what is the time frame i would be looking at how much would it cost?
Yes they could be removed, but fireplaces even thou they are a major heat loss, they are a desirable resale selling feature. You could have inserts installed, which would virtually eliminate the heat loss issue.
We don't do them but any local fireplace store would, and it would probably be less costly than the removal of the units.
I was wondering how would the inserts solve the heat loss since the chimneys would still allow the wind to flow in.
I can feel a definite draft in the two rooms that the fireplaces are in, actually even when I am near the electrical receptacles. I think the chimneys actually let the air from outside flow into the walls.
In theory, the fireplaces and chimney can be removed. However, the degree of difficulty, method of removal and associated cost can only be ascertained by undertaking a site visit. Some are structurally integrated with the building envelope.
As the previous post mentioned you can solve your problem with an gas fireplace insert. These are sealed units and draw fresh air from the outside, while at the same time providing heating to your interior space. However, once again a site visit would be required in order to ascertain the feasibility of this solution as well.
Sorry I can not be more helpful.
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