Fireplaces are not only a great source of heat during the harsh winter season, but they also add a stylish piece of work to your home all year round, even when it’s not turned on. Here are some tips to guide you in creating a cozy fireplace that fits your home:
- Decide on the fireplace’s main purpose. Whether you want it for warmth, beauty, or a little bit of both, making this decision first and communicating it to who you’re buying from could narrow down your options and make the process easier.
- Don’t buy a fireplace to heat more than one room. Most people want to save as much money on heating their home during the winter as possible, but fireplaces will not solve this problem for more than one room. Using a fireplace to save on heating costs will leave you with an overheated main room, which will force you to turn the fireplace off more often.
- For heat-efficiency, consider a thermostat-controlled gas fireplace. The fireplace will automatically turn up and down to control the room at the temperature you want it to be.
- Once you have chosen an insert for your fireplace, look at trim designs to see which would best fit the style of your home decor.
- Be sure to view the fireplace while it is off. Since the fireplace will only be on when it’s needed and even then it won’t be on 24 hours a day, it’s important that you like the way it looks with the rest of your home while the flames are inactive. Hopefully it looks just as cozy and beautiful for you to enjoy all the time!
- Avoid a heating insert that relies on a fan. Better quality fireplaces don’t use a fan to push the hot air into the room it’s been heating. It helps with circulating the heat; however, it only somewhat helps the heat output and causes some noise.
- Find a fireplace retailer who will arrange to have a licensed and insured HVAC contractor install the fireplace. How the fireplace is installed is crucial in the efficiency, overall quality and life of your fireplace.