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Which type of fireplace is right for you – wood, electric or gas?

Are you looking to upgrade your hearth? The first questions you’ll ask when shopping for a new fireplace is: Which type of fireplace is the best? The most common options when it comes to hearth appliances are wood, electric or gas. Each of them bring different advantages, and it all depends on your lifestyle and habits when deciding which type is right for you.

Wood-burning fireplaces

Which type of fireplace is right for you — wood, electric or gas - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeWood fireplaces are usually the traditional choice since they provide a great deal of ambiance with their gentle warmth and glow, and the woodsy scent. However, many homeowners leave their wood-burning fireplaces unused because they do require a lot of work. A wood fire means procuring, stacking and hauling firewood, as well as building and tending a fire.

While other homeowners prefer wood-burning fireplaces or fireplace inserts as they provide a cheaper way to heat their home. If you cut and prep your own firewood, then this can fuel your fireplace for cheap. And purchasing firewood is also fairly cost-efficient for heating your home. Open-hearth wood-burning fireplaces provide little heat to your home while letting 90 percent of the heat escape. A wood-burning fireplace insert provides a similar look with a closed system, and it burns the wood effectively while also returning the that heat back into your home.

Gas fireplaces

Recently, gas fireplaces have become a popular option for new homes. It’s because gas fireplaces are convenient to use. With a gas fireplace, you can enjoy a fire without having to procure the fuel or build and tend that fire. Thanks to direct-vent and ventless gas fireplace technology, they are safe to use anywhere within your home.They are also incredibly efficient at heating your home. The newer models do an excellent job of mimicking the look of a traditional wood-burning fireplace, so you get the traditional look of a wood fireplace without all the work.

Electric fireplaces

Like gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces allow you to enjoy a roaring fire without putting in all the work. Electric fireplaces have easy installation, and they don’t require any ventilation either. Electric fireplaces can be built into the wall to create a more traditional hearth look, or they can just be mounted on the wall for quick, easy installation and portability.

If you’re looking for the best fireplace option for your home, stop by one of FireSide Hearth & Home’s four showroom locations! Our experts can show you various types of fireplaces in action, answer your questions about each types of fireplaces, and help you choose the best fireplace for your home and your lifestyle.

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Don’t wait until the weather gets cool to start thinking about a new fireplace

Have you been considering a new fireplace or new fireplace insert for you home? While summer’s hot temperatures may have pushed the thought to the back of your mind, don’t wait until the weather cools off again to start thinking about a new fireplace. Explore your options now, so you can have your wood-burning, gas or electric fireplace in place in time for the first fire of fall!

Wood-burning fireplaces

Wood-burning fireplaces are the classic choice for homeowners. They offer the gentle warmth, traditional look and pleasant crackle most people associate with a hearth. While older open-hearth wood-burning fireplaces often are panned as an inefficient heat source, newer EPA-certified models of wood-burning fireplaces are available to provide you with the traditional look and feel of wood while adding a more heat to your home and less pollution to your neighborhood.

Gas fireplacesBenefits Of Gas Fireplaces - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & Home

Gas fireplaces are ideal for people who love the warmth and glow of a fireplace but want more efficiency and less work. Gas fireplaces are the most energy-efficient option, returning up to 99 percent of the fire’s heat to your home and having little to no impact on air quality. Gas fireplaces are incredibly easy to use: They are ignited with the flip of a switch or the push of a button, and they can even be wired to a thermostat to provide a continual, steady heat source to your home. Gas fireplaces also are an excellent option for homes with space constraints. Where a traditional wood-burning fireplace may not be possible, a direct-vent fireplace can be placed on nearly any exterior wall. In rooms where an exhaust vent isn’t a possibility, a ventless fireplace can be installed virtually anywhere within a home.

Electric fireplaces

Electric fireplaces offer the most affordable options for adding a fireplace to a home. Like ventless gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces don’t require a chimney or vent, so they can be placed nearly anywhere within a home.

Regardless of which type of fireplace is right for your home, Fire Side Hearth & Home will be able to help you find the right fireplace model for your home. We can help you choose the right sized fireplace for the space you need to heat, and we can help you find a fireplace that fits your style and the look of your home.

If you are ready to explore your fireplace options, visit Fire Side’s showroom today! We have a variety of models of fireplaces in all fuel-burning types to help you get a sense of what you might like in your home. We also offer a lineup of mantels and surrounds to help you finish the look of your fireplace. By choosing your new fireplace now, you will leave plenty of time for our certified installers to have your fireplace in place and ready for your first fire before fall’s cooler temperatures arrive.

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