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Start Shopping for Your New Fireplace

Have you used your fireplace this season? If so, did it function properly? Or did you spend the winter wishing your home had the warmth and heat offered by a fireplace? Well, now is the time to start shopping for your new fireplace! To choose the right fireplace, there are several factors you need to consider.

Determine How You’ll Use Your Fireplace

Start Shopping for Your New Fireplace - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeChoosing the right fireplace begins with determining how you plan to use your fireplace. Are you looking for a major source of heat for your home? Are you looking to supplement heat in your home’s most used rooms? Will your fireplace be purely decorative? Once you take the time to determine how your fireplace will be used, you’ll be able to determine the most important features of your fireplace.

Determine Your Location

Do you already have a space determined for your fireplace? Are you looking to replace an existing fireplace space or fill an empty accent wall? Do you want your fireplace to be a focal point for your home, or are you primarily concerned about the heat output of your fireplace and prefer to have the unit itself out of sight? Will your fireplace be traditionally sized and mounted, or are you looking for a statement piece to serve as the focal point in a particular space in your home? All of these are viable questions you must answer when fireplace shopping!

Prioritize Your Fireplace’s Features

You’ll have to determine what’s most important to you in a fireplace. Do you want a fireplace that easily ignites without a lot of work? Are you looking for something environmentally friendly? Do you want a unit that produces little pollution? There is no shortage of fireplace options – some units are compact and vent-free and can be placed anywhere in a home. Some emit little pollution. Others will run for hours on end without the need for attention, and some will even ignite or adjust the flame based on your desired home temperature. Only some types of fireplaces will work during a power outage.

Choose Your Fuel Type

The function of your fireplace, the desired location of your fireplace and your priority features will help guide you toward the right fireplace fuel type. Wood-burning fireplaces are a traditional option, and many homeowners like to use woodstoves or heavy-duty wood inserts to produce affordable heat for their homes. Pellet stoves and fireplaces offer traditional, affordable wood heat but take less work than wood fireplaces. Gas fireplaces can be installed nearly anywhere within a home and light and extinguish at will. They can even be connected to a thermostat to help regulate the temperature in your home. Electric fireplaces offer ultimate versatility and style, and come with or without heat.

There is a lot to think about when selecting a fireplace, but FireSide Hearth & Home can help! Our fireplace experts can help you choose a fireplace or heating stove to meet your home, and you can tour our showroom to see which models suit your needs and your style.

The Value of NFI Certification

Distinguishing one chimney sweep from another — and deciding whom to trust with your hearth and your home — can prove difficult. As you do your due diligence in searching for a hearth professional to install, service or clean your fireplace or heating stove, there’s one thing that can help you find qualified hearth professionals: National Fireplace Institute certification. Here’s why NFI certification can be a valuable tool in helping you to locate a qualified and trustworthy hearth professional. The Value of NFI Certification - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & Home

What is the National Fireplace Institute?

The National Fireplace Institute (NFI) is the certification arm of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association’s Education Foundation. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association is the leading industry group for professionals who sell and service fireplace, fireplace inserts, heating stoves, grills and more. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation is dedicated to educating both the public and professionals on hearth and fireplace safety.

What does NFI certification mean?

Based on input from seasoned hearth appliance installers and servicemen, technical experts and hearth business owners, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Education Foundation formed the NFI to train hearth professionals on everything they need to know to safely sell, install and service hearth appliances. Through the NFI, industry professionals can become certified as NFI Gas Specialists, NFI Woodburning Specialists, NFI Pellet Specialists and NFI Hearth Design Specialists. Professionals who become certified as specialists in all of the fuel-burning categories offered by the NFI are declared Master Hearth Professionals by the NFI.

How do hearth professionals become NFI certified?

To become NFI certified, hearth professionals first undergo education in the area they hope to become certified in. They then must take rigorous exams that prove they know everything they need to know to install fireplaces and inserts, including safety guidelines, proper appliance clearances, national building codes, appliance requirements, common fuel delivery issues, proper ventilation for different hearth appliances, criteria for combustion, and how to perform post-installation inspections and services.

How do hearth professionals maintain their NFI certification?

Appliances in the hearth industry — as well as building codes — are constantly evolving and updating. Because of that, hearth professionals must renew their NFI certification. NFI certification is good for three years. Hearth professionals can maintain their NFI certification either by retaking their certification exams or by taking continuing education courses through the NFI.

When you’re looking for someone to care for your hearth, indoors or out, it can be difficult to determine who you can trust. Fortunately, when you find an NFI-certified professional, you know you’ve found a professional who has thoroughly studied and been testing on the most important elements of installing, repairing, maintaining and inspecting hearth appliances. NFI certification is so valued that the Chimney Safety Institute of American requires that recipients of their elite Master Chimney Sweep certification also must hold NFI certification.

If you’re searching for an NFI-certified technician in the greater Detroit area, look no further than FireSide Hearth & Home. Our hearth experts can help you choose the right fireplace, fireplace insert or heating stoves and then have it installed by a knowledgeable NFI-certified technician.

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