Purchasing a fireplace is not something you do every day, so it’s smart to consider all your options. Whether you are adding a fireplace to your existing home or having one installed in a newly constructed house, our experts suggest considering these important questions:
Summer is a great time of year to enjoy mild weather and blooming flowers, and it’s also a great time to add a supplemental heat source to your home. As winter approaches, most reliable hearth stores are booked through the fall season. Get a jump on the smart trend of cutting winter costs by adding a new stove, fireplace insert, gas logs, or gas fireplace to your home this summer. Read more
There are always questions that must considered before improving your home, especially when it comes to the addition of a fireplace. Where might you put it? Next to the current one? Along another adjacent wall suitable for a second full-size chimney? Is the process going to require a huge renovation? Fortunately, enhancing your home with the elegance and convenience of a second fireplace isn’t much more complicated than adding a stove to your kitchen!
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.