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If you want to enjoy a new fireplace this winter, call us now!

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.

Enjoy the convenience of a gas fireplace insert

A fireplace adds a lot to your home: Value, comfort, style, and ambiance (to name a few) but a traditional wood-burning fireplace also adds a lot of inconvenience to your life such as the hassle of storing and hauling wood, continuously tending fires, and an ash-filled fireplace to clean out. If you love the thought of a roaring fire, but hate the work that goes with it, consider a gas fireplace insert.

A gas fireplace insert fits into your existing wood-burning fireplace and can be vented through your chimney. It maintains the style and ambiance your fireplace brings to your home but without the headaches of a wood-burning fireplace. A gas fireplace comes with many advantages including convenience, efficiency, and cleanliness.

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Gas is more convenient

When it comes to fireplaces, it’s hard to beat the convenience of a gas fireplace insert. With the flip of a switch, you can enjoy the soothing flames and gentle heat of a fire. Many gas fireplace inserts come with remote controls and thermostats which can allow you to customize the heat output of your fireplace. The size of the flames will adjust based on how warm you want your home to be. Of course with gas, there is no regular tending of the fire, no hauling logs, and no ash clean up.

Gas is more efficient

The hidden secret behind open-hearth, wood-burning fireplaces is that they do little to heat your home on cold winter nights. In fact, wood burning fireplaces suck the already heated air out of your home to fuel their fires, and up to 90 percent of the heat produced by the fire goes right up your chimney. A gas fireplace, on the other hand, is fueled by relatively inexpensive natural gas, and 75 to 99 percent of that heat is returned to your home, depending on the model of gas fireplace you choose.

Gas is cleaner

Wood-burning fires are also incredibly dirty and they degrade both indoor and outdoor air quality. Wood-burning fireplaces let off a lot of fine particles which are either sent out your chimney into your neighborhood’s air or back into your home where your family can breathe them in. Wood-burning fireplaces are actually cautioned against by groups such as the American Cancer Society and some cities ban wood-burning on days where air quality is low. Wood-burning fires also cause a buildup of creosote in your chimney which must be cleaned regularly to avoid the risk of a chimney fire.

Gas is easy to install

In most cases, a gas insert can be installed easily into your existing fireplace space but a gas line will need to be added to fuel the fireplace. If you’re interested in seeing how a gas insert would fit into your existing fireplace space, call the experts at FireSide Hearth & Home for a consultation!