Temperatures outside still may be warm and toasty. Hoever, before you know it, we’ll be feeling the chilly bite of fall! If you want to take the chill out of your fall and winter with a new fireplace, call FireSide Hearth & Home now! We can help you select the home-heating appliance that’s right for you. As you consider a new hearth appliance, here are some things you should be thinking about.
What do you want to get from your fireplace?
The first thing we need to know about your new fireplace is: What purpose will it serve? Are you looking just for the ambiance and glow of a roaring fire? Do you want your fireplace to serve as a decorative element or supplement your home-heating system? Knowing what you hope to get from your new fireplace will help to determine what type of fireplace would best suit your home.
Where will your fireplace be located?
Have you already picked out a spot in your home for your fireplace? The location of your fireplace will help to determine its size, as well as its venting type. There are fireplaces with traditional vertical chimneys. Also, there are direct-vent fireplaces that will offer high efficiency. In addition, they only require that a vent can easily be placed to the exterior of your home. Other fireplaces are vent-free. This means they don’t require chimneys, and can be placed in nearly any room and any location within your home.
What type of fireplace will you be looking for?
Do you have an existing hearth? If so, you may consider an insert to upgrade the look and efficiency of your fireplace, or change the fuel type. Will you be installing a new, prefabricated fireplace? Or do you prefer a free-standing heating stove that allows you to enjoy 360 degrees of heat?
What fuel do you prefer?
There are many different fuel sources for fireplaces: traditional wood, pellet, gas and electric. Each type of fireplaces has its own advantages. Wood offers a traditional look, but takes more work and maintenance. Pellet provides the glow of a traditional wood fire, but with less maintenance and higher efficiency. Gas offers the most efficient heat source and comes with convenience and ease of use.
Are there special features you’re looking for?
Fireplaces come with special features that make them more user friendly. A gas fireplace can be hooked to a thermostat to help control the temperature in your home, or they can be remote controlled for easy on/off. A wood-burning fireplace can be outfitted with a gas starter it easier to ignite a fire. Some fireplaces have blowers to capture and return more of the fire’s heat to your home.
Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for in a fireplace, or if you feel lost in a sea of fireplace options, the fireplace experts at FireSide Hearth & Home can help! We’ll ask the right questions and listen to your answers. We want to help you find the perfect fireplace to warm your home this winter.