Putting in a new fireplace can add quite a bit of atmosphere to your home, as well as a source of heat depending on your choice of fireplace. Unfortunately, a poor choice can leave you dissatisfied with your purchase or it could pose a hazard. The following guide can help you avoid any mistakes when shopping for new fireplaces.
Consider the source
Before you begin shopping, compare your needs against what is available. For example, if you don't need additional heat but would love the warm glow of the fire throughout winter, consider a gas fireplace. These put off negligible heat, but they look realistic. Even better, they can typically be turned on with the flick of a switch. On the other hand, if you need heat you will want to look at a fireplace that can provide more warmth, such as a pellet or wood burning insert. If looks and heat are paramount, then a standard wood fireplace may be the best option.
Know your fuel access
A fireplace can end up being a disappointment if you don't have access to a source of fuel. Compare average fuel prices in your area before settling on a fireplace type. In areas where wood is abundant, you will likely want a fireplace or an insert that is capable of burning wood. If pellets are plentiful and cost effective, then opt for pellets. If the fuel is prohibitive in cost or hard to find in your area, chances are you won't use your new fireplace very much.
Look into your options
It's the small upgrades that will really make your fireplace fit your needs. For a traditional hearth, you will have to choose between an open or closed fireplace. Closed fireplaces don't release as much diffuse heat but you won't have to worry about embers landing on the carpet or small children falling into the fire. You can get a blower attached to the closed fireplace to diffuse the hot air into the room. There are also blowers or heat fans available for heat inserts. You may also want to upgrade your chimney before installation for safety and ease of cleaning. A new chimney liner or insulated vent pipes can cut down on heat loss and create a safer environment.
For more help in choosing a unit that fits your needs and will work well in your home, contact a fireplace installation contractor in your area.Share