If you’re dreaming about adding a fireplace to your home, you’re not alone. Realtor.com ranked fireplaces number one in its 2015 list of must-have home features, Houzz recently named hearths and fire features as a top trend for 2016, and fireplaces are the most-desired decorative appearance product in a new home. Of all the home amenities, fireplaces are by far the most comforting and romantic, truly making the heart of a home.
Days are getting longer and nights are finally warmer. Spring is one of the best times to have a gas fireplace installed – before cold weather arrives and fireplace installers get busy. Whether you’re building your dream home or want to make your current home a little cozier, consider a gas fireplace. Create opportunities of gathering your family and friends in the warm indoors and save on a fireplace or gas insert. Read more
When the weather turns chilly on those upcoming summer nights, the last thing you want to do after your BBQ is build another fire when all you really want to do is kick back and relax. Fortunately, outdoor gas fireplaces have become readily available and only require the simple flick of a switch to get it going.
The history of the hearth dates back to long before The Energy House or any other manufacturer of residential gas burning fireplaces. Fast forward to 2016 and the purpose of the fireplace has transformed from survival, to a dream home. The fireplace may not be a new invention, but some innovative changes in 2016 will have you looking at the hearth in a whole new form.
Smart Home Integration
The contemporary home is only getting smarter and many leading manufacturers, like Heat & Glo, now seamlessly integrate with smart home systems and applications. Modern interior design ideas revolve around working with you, and the fireplace is no exception. Purpose and fashion are the new expectations of home features. Read more
If there are problems with your fireplace in any way, letting those issues go unresolved for too long can become a potential fire hazard. This is not to mention the fact that un serviced traditional fireplaces typically are a major source of energy loss. If you are considering a fireplace renovation, there are serious reasons why you might want to consider holding off on fixing up your old traditional fireplace. New gas insert and wood insert options are available, each offering serious advantages over traditional fireplaces.
A gas insert fireplace is one that will hook up to either a city natural gas line or to a propane tank that you can refill as needed. The upside to a gas insert is never needing to worry about fussing with a log, or even a bag of wood pellets. As long as you have gas in your tank, you’ll be ready to start using the fireplace and enjoying heat. Of course, the downside to the gas route is an either real or perceived loss of aesthetics. Some would say that only a real burning wood is capable of giving that real earthy, homely effect. If you feel that way, there’s always a wood insert option.
Similar to gas inserts, a wood insert fireplace is your “best of both worlds” option in that it takes the ambience and aesthetic of a traditional wood burning fireplace but makes it more efficient. These newer forms of fireplace technology make it possible to have a specialised unit placed into the housing of your old fireplace that can actually burn real wood, but it does so in a more efficient manner. So, not only is a wood insert saving you money on the back end with reduced utility bills, but it will also be cheaper to purchase and install a brand new wood insert fireplace than it would be to fix an already existing traditional fireplace with age-related issues.
If you’ve been quoted to have your original fireplace fixed, you could be looking at an estimate ranging into the thousands of dollars. When you consider the idea of paying to repair your current fireplace, it just doesn’t make sense. Why would you want to leave an antiquated, drafty, and problematic fireplace in your home? Gas and wood inserts are efficient, cost-saving and modern solutions and they’re extremely affordable.
Many individuals enjoy the comfort of a relaxing fire in their home during the freezing winter time. A roaring fire not only creates the comfort of warmth in your home but also provides ambiance and value. With several options to choose from in today’s market the choice can be very confusing. As a consumer you are torn between trying to balance finding a source of heat that provides efficiency as well as a welcoming comfort to the home. It is becoming more evident in our modern world today that consumers are striving for a heat source that does not provide negative effects on the environment over time but still will be a highly efficient heating source in the home.
Fireplaces are traditionally thought to burn wood, but there is now an alternative to this. Gas fireplaces have become common over the years. These fireplaces do not burn wood. Instead, they burn natural gas. This makes it possible for the fireplace to keep burning and burning, without you adding more fuel to the fire. Also, gas fireplaces are better for chimneys.
With old man winter knocking at the door, nothing melts the cold away more than watching crackling flames in a fireplace. Don’t let most of the heat generated by that fireplace go up the chimney. As much as 90% of the heat generated by an open-face fireplace is released up the chimney, rather than radiating it back into the home. Adding a fireplace insert not only saves on the home’s energy costs, but it reduces the amount of noxious gases and particles released into the home’s interior.
Have you ever enjoyed the warmth and beauty of a crackling fire on a chilly evening? If so, you understand the many advantages of owning a fireplace. Fortunately, the pleasure of relaxing in front of a bright, cozy fire is no longer limited to the inside of your home. By installing an outdoor fireplace you can experience the same satisfaction while sitting in your backyard. Deck and patio fireplaces are the latest popular trends in outdoor gear. Because the outdoor versions are designed to mimic traditional enclosed fireplaces, they are safe enough to build on top of virtually any foundation. There are several styles to choose from, and each type varies according to design, function and fuel options.