Finding the Right Fireplace for Your Home
Homeowners throughout Wisconsin are looking for effective ways to cut utility bills. Because the cost to heat a home is significant, one place these forward-thinking homeowners turn is to the original heating standard – the fireplace. Yet wanting a fireplace and actually having one installed in your home are two different things. Let’s consider some options.
If your rationale for installing a new fireplace is that your current fireplace is inefficient, think twice. Traditional masonry fireplaces don’t do the greatest job at heating a room. But adding a well-designed fireplace insert can turn everything around. An insert is an insulated box that fits into the opening of your fireplace, making the fire and therefore the heat much more intense.
For homes with no existing fireplace, you have to decide where to set the new unit. Generally speaking, fireplaces are built into walls in places where A. there is sufficient room, and B. a chimney can be properly constructed. However, with all the great new fireplace designs and styles, modern fireplaces can be installed in many places throughout a home.
Placement of a fireplace is easier when you have a gas-burning model. These units work on simple venting systems and can be installed in just about any wall. This means you can enjoy a fireplace in the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen.
After deciding on the size of fireplace you want and where it’s going to go, the next decision is about what kind of fuel you want the appliance to run on. You can choose natural gas, propane, wood, pellets, or electricity. For the majority of Wisconsin homes, wood and gas are the most popular fuels.
Both wood and gas can be satisfactory in terms of heat generation, but there are a few factors to keep in mind:
- Wood-burning fireplaces need regular inspections and more maintenance than gas-burning models.
- While gas log sets create a realistic-looking flame, you may prefer the real and natural ambiance of burning wood.
- Gas fireplaces are very easy to get started and keep running.
- Wood-burning fireplaces will operate during a disaster when gas lines are down.
When having a fireplace built in a main room, you have plenty of options. In addition to the size and finish of the fireplace itself, you can choose from a wide range of handsome mantels and surrounds to perfectly accent the room’s current décor.
Fireplace technology has come a long way. Heating efficiency is much higher today than with models made just a few decades ago. The choices are endless in finding the right unit for your home. To help you make this decision, expert advice is always available.
Burlington Fireplace & Heating in Burlington, Wisconsin, has a showroom with a huge inventory of top-name fireplaces for your consideration. We’re always happy to help guide our customers in selecting the appliance that will provide many happy years of service. Stop by and see us at 857 Milwaukee Ave., or call (262) 763-3522.