Choosing the right type of fireplace for your home is tricky. There are many different factors that you need to consider before making your purchase. Different types of fireplaces vary in both form and function. You need to find a fireplace that heats your home to the correct level, looks good and uses a fuel source that works for you. Here are a few different types of fireplaces that you can consider when choosing a fireplace for your home.
Gas fireplaces are a timeless option that is generally very low maintenance and very efficient. Turning on with the flick of a switch, these fireplace units are an excellent fit for most people’s lifestyles. Gas fireplaces also come in a wide variety of looks and sizes so you can choose the right one to fit your home. Gas fireplaces can also come in a variety of BTUs (or British Thermal Units). This is the measurement of how much heat a fireplace puts out. When looking for a fireplace make sure you consider this, a 600 sq foot apartment does not require the same level of BTUs as a 3000 sq foot home with vaulted ceilings. The only requirement for getting a gas fireplace is that you have gas service to your home which can be arranged by your local gas utility (such as Fortis).
Wood burning fireplaces are an old standard, but some homeowners do still prefer them. You really can’t beat that smell and the crackling of a wood-burning fireplace, but you do have to accept the challenges that come with them. Wood-burning fireplaces carry significantly more safety risks than other fireplace types. Because of this, it’s very difficult to get them installed in homes. You also have to stay on top of maintenance. Keeping the chimney flue clean is extremely important to avoid chimney fires. Wood fires also require constant maintenance when you have the fire going. A steady and reliable supply of wood is very important. Some areas no longer allow the burning of wood, and homeowners’ insurance generally requires annual inspections.
Electric fireplaces are generally considered the least expensive option. Modern electric fireplaces can take the place of a gas fireplace and are also capable of creating some heat. The main benefit of electric fireplaces is that they can be put anywhere and are usually easy to install.
When you’re looking at different types of fireplaces it’s good to have options. It’s also very important to speak to a professional about what type of fireplace would be best suited for your home. With help, you can find a fireplace with the appropriate BTUs, the proper fuel source, and one that fits your aesthetic and budget. If you’re interested in a new fireplace, get in touch with us today and come visit our showroom. We can help you find the perfect fireplace to suit your needs.