When it comes to heating your home, gone are the days when wanting a fireplace required a mini construction job in your home. Today, you have multitude of options for keeping your family warm when Long Island goes into a deep freeze. Whether you opt for a fireplace, a stove or insert, you are certain to have an experience that is unique to only you.
When you opt to add a fireplace to your home, you are instantly adding a hint of glamour and tradition to it. There is no doubt that fireplaces offer warmth, but also ambiance. When you walk into your home and inhale the fragrance of the cozy fire, you’ll with never doubt your decision.
If a fireplace is not an option for you either functionally or financially, you may want to opt for a heating stove. Stoves are free-standing, tend to be smaller in stature than a fireplace and can be placed in large homes or small apartment. They come in various sizes, just like living spaces to accommodate your heating needs. These units are sometimes attached to an exhaust pipe through your wall your interior wall. These are called direct vent stoves. On the flip side, vent free stoves do not need and exhaust mechanism to function. They can pretty much live anywhere in your home.
Inserts are a great option for heating your home and transforming its look and feel. These are meant to fit into your existing fireplace. You just have to choose between wood burning, gas or pellet inserts. Wood burning inserts burn real wood and are great for heating your space and adding character to your room. However, if you are not up for removing ash and heavy duty scrubbing, you may want to pass on this unit. Gas burning inserts, on the other hand, require minimal maintenance and can be “fired up” by the flip of a switch or click of a remote. But, depending on where you live, fuel could be a bit more expensive than you’d like. Want real flames without the mess of a wood burning fireplace? Try a pellet fireplace insert. You get the real wood experience without the real wood hassle. Be aware that they burn at a slightly lower temperature than other unit. Depending on the size of your home, this may or may not be an issue.
If you’re still undecided, consult the experts at The Fireplace Factory in Long Island. They will provide you all the information you need so you can make an educated decision.