The National Association of Home Builders states that fireplaces are included in the top three choices for the most desired features of buyers of new homes. They are also an exceptional and desirable feature in a home of any age.
We can help you find the best one for your home, whether it is replacing an outdated or inefficient one or adding a new one for the first time. There is a large selection of models and manufacturers to choose from, depending on your personal preferences, design tastes, whether you like a modern or rustic, or traditional style and accessories, what your space and budget requirements are, and what type of energy source you want.
Ideal options will include a fireplace that will give instant warmth and enhance the room, offer the pleasing appearance of a “real” unit, and also be easy to install and use.
The types of fireplaces that you should conisder:
Most experts seem to agree that an electric fireplace is a fairly energy-efficient choice, and a homeowner favorite. Installation is fairly straightforward. It gives the same comforting glow of a live flame, and some have crackling sounds to give a real feel. It is the cleanest fireplace, requires little maintenance, and converts all it produces into heat that remains in the house.
Gas efficiency wins over a wood-burning fireplace because a gas fireplace burns more cleanly, has easy maintenance, it puts no ashes in the chimney, and produces fewer polluting emissions. Gas fireplaces are a safe heating source, can be started by just pushing a button, and natural gas is a generally inexpensive energy source.
Although a wood fireplace wins the ambiance award, creates a cozy atmosphere, and is a welcoming centerpiece, it also has negatives. Those include needing a yearly cleaning to determine that the chimney does not have any excess Creosote and will not liquify when heated, flowing down the sides of the sides and restricting air flow, becoming a fire hazard.
Wood Burning Stove
A wood burning stove has a rustic look and is a practical heating source. Such stoves are easy to maintain and are completely self-contained so that you can go out of the house and not worry about anything going wrong. With enough wood, these stoves are a good way to stay warm in the cold winter.
A fireplace insert looks and functions like a traditional fireplace. The inserts are self-contained; burn wood, gas, or pellets; are usually metal boxes having glass fronts and can be put inside fireboxes or be freestanding and vent-free. A ventless insert does not need a chimney, but wood-burning models require an exhaust flue. The inserts often have circulating fans to blow the warmth in and reduce the air amount that is drawn up the chimney. They can also be electric or gas with push-button lighting.
For More Information
Contact our team to learn more about our fireplace collection and to get useful advice on what is recommended and is tailored to your needs. Imagine sitting warm by a cozy fire on a cold winter night, we can make your fireplace dreams come true!