Advances in home heating technology may have knocked the fireplace down a peg or two in terms of primary heating sources, but they’ve done nothing to reduce the popularity of these features. The universal appeal for fireplaces is such that even in homes where forced air, radiant heat or some equally-efficient system is responsible for keeping the occupants toasty warm all winter, there is still a place for the fireplace. Why? It’s more than heat these consumers are after. fireplaces provide ambiance and an age-old light source around which the family can gather. It’s no wonder this home feature has never been rendered obsolete.
Just as home heating systems have advanced over the years, so has fireplace technology. The fireplaces of today include options that range far beyond the classic wood-burning types that have graced countless homes across history. fireplaces today can be both of the indoor and outdoor variety; they can be inserts or cabinets but can also include stoves. While wood-burning fireplaces and stoves are still viable options, gas and electric are exceeding popular, due both to the lack of maintenance associated with these types of fireplaces and the ease of operation. Where wood-burning fireplaces require frequent cleaning of the ash by-product, gas and electric fireplaces have no such by-product.
With that said, wood-burning or pellet-burning fireplaces and stoves throw off the most authentic of light in the form of flickering flame. Manufacturers have done a wonderful job of replicating this effect with gas and electric fireplaces, but there will always be those consumers who can settle for nothing but the “real thing.”
In addition to the fireplaces and stoves found here on Homeclick, consumers can also find the accessories and add-ons that help complete the overall fireplace or stove “package.” Look for mantels and mantel surrounds for that fireplace insert of cabinet. In the case of new fireplace installations or replacements and upgrades, you may find a need for fireplace venting materials. These materials ensure proper and safe operation of fireplaces and stoves. Additionally you’ll find tools and accessories as well as windows, doors and screens to fit almost all of the fireplaces we offer.
If more than one fuel source is an option for you, do some research to determine which would be the most economical for your home. Keep in mind the additional costs of tying in gas or electric fireplaces to the home. If you plan to have the unit installed professionally, find out the different costs for installation of the different types of fireplaces. This may play a role in your final decision.