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Fireplace Buying Guide

Now that old man winter has arrived and settled in for the duration, many of us might be thinking a fireplace could be the cure-all for those winter blues. We’ve put together a fireplace buying guide that provides all the information necessary to make an informed decision.

Electric fireplaces allow the user to plug the fireplace into a standard electric outlet. They are energy efficient and can work in tandem with your other heating sources or on its own as your home’s primary heating source. Many now come with remote controls – an added bonus you don’t get with a traditional fireplace. Electric fireplaces are available in a number of mantel styles and finishes and are an affordable investment that not only adds to a room’s beauty, but also an effective way to keeps those winter chills to a minimum.

Wood Burning Fireplaces require chimneys for proper ventilation and are encased with stones or bricks. They’re often costly to install due to the labor charges and required building permits. Another important fact when deciding which fireplace is best is the build up of creosote that can become a serious fire hazard if chimney maintenance is not provided on a regular basis. A significant advantage wood burning fireplaces have over its contemporary counterparts is it provides heat with no electricity required.

Gas Fireplaces are yet another option. Although not as easy to maintain as electric fireplaces, they are neither as complicated as wood burning fireplaces. They will require fuel, usually propane, to effectively heat a room or home.

Fireplace Mantle Styles

With so many different styles to choose from, it can be difficult to select the best one. The beautiful ornate wood carvings, the addition of columns, colors and wood finishes are only a few of the considerations. Besides wood, stone mantels are available that can provide a dramatic new look for both traditional and contemporary homes. Further, you fireplaceshave the option of selecting corner fireplace mantles. These generally work best with electric fireplaces. Wood mantles are offered in cherry, oak, mahogany and other hardwoods.

Remember to measure your room and ensure the fireplace you’ve chosen will match the dimensions of your room. Before long, you’ll be enjoying your new heating source – whether it’s a gas fireplace, wood burning fireplace or one of the new modern electric fireplaces.

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