Choosing a Fireplace for Your New Home
Homes have been built with fireplaces for thousands of years for a reason. Not only does it provide warmth, but it can also be the centerpiece of a home. If you are choosing a fireplace for your new home, you are part of that tradition. But how do you choose a fireplace that’s right for you? It simply comes down to what you want and needs from a fireplace. Do you plan on heating your home with a fireplace, or is it for display when entertaining guests? Do you want an ornate mantle or a simple, streamlined one? Because fireplaces are so popular now, there are a number of options available to you. Let’s first look at the types of fireplaces.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
Wood-burning fireplaces were the first invented centuries ago; the fact they are still in use today is a testament to their appeal. The smell of burning wood, its warmth, and its usefulness in a blackout are all reasons why wood-burning fireplaces are in demand. There is, however, a downside to a wood-burning fireplace; it produces a lot of soot that will have to be dealt with regularly. You will need a qualified and reliable chimney sweep to keep your chimney clean. If the chimney is neglected, a highly flammable substance known as creosote will build up inside your chimney and put your home at risk. You will also have to clean out the fireplace after its use. If these two issues are dealt with on a routine basis, you will get years of enjoyment from your fireplace.
Gas Burning Fireplaces
If you want convenience, then a gas fireplace is for you. To activate your gas-burning fireplace requires simply pushing a button. You don’t have to worry about a creosote buildup in your chimney with a gas-burning fireplace. They are efficient and clean but lack the coziness of a wood-burning fireplace. If you want to gather your family around a crackling fire, you should install a wood-burning fireplace in your new house.
If you want the feel of a wood-burning fireplace with the cleanliness of a gas-burning fireplace, you may want to install an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces are plug-and-play and simulate the crackling sounds of a fire and provide a convincingly accurate simulation of flames. An electric fireplace can even provide warmth; the only things they don’t offer are the smell of burning wood and the experience of placing a log on the fire or roasting marshmallows in your fireplace.
Ethanol fireplaces, like electric fireplaces, come premade and can be placed just about anywhere. The difference is they are fueled by ethanol which is poured into a burner container, and the drawback is having to store the ethanol and spill it as you fill the burn tank.
Chimney Solutions Can Help You Choose the Right Fireplace
There are a wide variety of styles and functions when it comes to fireplaces, and Chimney Solutions can help you to decide which is best for your home. Once your fireplace is installed in your new home, we can inspect it annually to ensure maximum efficiency and safety. Contact us online or call us today at 770-574-6523, we will be your partner in caring for your new fireplace to keep it working for years to come.