Fireplaces add more than just warmth to a space. They offer an aesthetic element and are more energy efficient than other heating options. A fireplace is a great addition for homeowners that enjoy entertaining guests, as fireplaces tend to be a gathering area and create a more inviting space. With so many fireplace options in the marketplace, it can be overwhelming to decide, but with these helpful tips and added research, you will be able to choose the right fireplace for any space!
There are two types of fireplaces: masonry and prefab. Masonry is a permanent fireplace often made of brick or stone that requires a chimney. It is a difficult fireplace to install but can create a nice aesthetic. A prefab fireplace is an insert that is contained and is generally gas or electric powered. There are a wide variety of options when it comes to prefab fireplaces, as they are growing in popularity, and technology advancements have created more feature options and allowed them an easier installation process.
Once you have decided on a fireplace style, consider a heat type. There are three main fireplace heat options: wood burning, electric, and gas. Some factors to keep in mind include durability, ease of cleaning, as well as purpose.
An electric fireplace will provide the least amount of heat, however, is the easiest to install. They are the most environmentally friendly option if powered by renewable resources.
A gas fireplace provides sufficient heat and is connected to a switch, making them easy to turn on. Gas fireplaces burn propane and natural gas, making them the second-best option when it comes to environmental impact.
Wood burning fireplaces offer an authentic fireplace featuring wood crackling, powerful heat, and are the best option when it comes to aesthetic. The downside of a gas fireplace is they require a lot of upkeep including cleaning and maintenance. Because wood burning fireplaces burn wood and create smoke, wood burning fireplaces play a major role in air pollution.
Ventilation and safety codes are important factors to consider when choosing a fireplace. Depending on where you live, a certain fireplace style may not be an option due to strata or city regulations. Without proper ventilation, your home could be filled with smoke in a matter of seconds. Do thorough research and speak with a professional to ensure your home is up to code and meets the current bylaws. With the help of a FairTradeWorks Advisor, you can ensure your home looks beautiful, while ensuring safety. Call (604) 264-7366 to book a free consultation today!