Adding a fireplace to your home is a cost-effective heating solution that will last a lifetime if properly cared for and maintained. Here are five important questions to ask yourself when considering having a fireplace added to your home.
How much interaction do you want with your fireplace?
Some people enjoy the time they spend working on the fire–hauling and stacking cordwood, building fires, getting rid of ashes, and sweeping out the chimney. If you want a hassle-free heating unit, a gas fireplace may be your best option. Direct vent gas fireplaces are convenient and safe, with sealed combustion systems that protect indoor air quality by drawing outside air for the fire and expelling 100 percent of combustion exhaust and byproducts outside the home.
What is your budget?
Depending on which features you want, a fireplace can be very affordable. If you choose a fireplace with extra items and luxury features, you will probably be spending a lot more money.
What style do you like?
Fireplaces come in many shapes and styles. Consider whether you want a traditional style or a modern styled fireplace to complement your home. Many people like the look of real logs burning in their fireplace, yet many also prefer the unique shapes and angles of a modern fireplace.
What type of heat output do you expect?
Typically, you should heat the rooms where you and your family spends the most time in. A fireplace professional can help you determine which unit provides the most heat for your preferred space. Also, you can choose to connect your fireplace to your furnace, which reduces the amount of fuel you consume and lowers your heating bill.
Do you have eco-friendly requirements?
For homeowners that care about the environment, you can choose a fireplace unit that reduces energy consumption. Direct vent gas fireplaces are your best eco-friendly option, because they use less energy compared to standard pilot ignitions. If you prefer to go with a wood burning fireplace, make sure it is EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) certified. EPA-certified wood fireplaces burn wood efficiently, producing low outside air particulate emissions.
The Fireplace Factory has a variety of wood burning and gas fireplaces for you to choose. We also offer wood burning stoves. Contact us today at 631-585-3473.