Buying a Fireplace – Your Options

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Buying a fireplace can be arduous experience, as many different factors must be deliberated upon prior to choosing a fireplace to purchase.  The below tips strive to assist you in purchasing a quality fireplace that meets your needs and fits in with your budget.

Pre-Purchase Considerations

Purchasing a fireplace can be a bit complicated.  You can’t just pick one and have it installed.  It’s a purchase you really have to think about before you do it as multiple factors are involved in operating the stove and installing it in your home.  Some of the biggest questions to ask yourself are:

– What type of fuel will you be using?
– How much heat output do you need?
– How much do you have available for installation costs.

Every fireplace has their own unique pro and cons.  The first matter to ponder is whether you will need a fireplace for a newly constructed home or one that already exists.  Installing a new fireplace is much easier in a newly constructed home.  If you are considering installation into an existing home, your chimney condition must be evaluated.  You can choose a vent-free fireplace, though, which requires no chimney.  However, this fireplace type often results in moisture build-up and heavier scents emanating from it.

Fuel Types

The type of fuel utilized in a fireplace may be limited by the fashion in which your home is designed, such as in the instance of homes without a chimney.  These types of homes are limited to a gas fireplace that vents fumes to an exterior wall.  Decorative faux fireplaces equipped with gas fires offer easy installation and can warm and simultaneously enrich a room visually.  Additionally, gas is the most cost effective type of energy available.  Homes equipped with a chimney have more options, such as fireplaces that burn solid fuel, electric, gel, or wood.

Heat Output

Different types of fireplaces such as marble fireplaces and different fuels provide variable levels of the heat they emit.  Their efficiency level can be greatly influenced when heat escapes from poorly insulated homes, unsuitable windows, or a low quality chimney.  If your fireplace is installed in a home without complementary surroundings for efficient fireplace operation, installation is counterproductive, and it will cost more than it saves.

Installation

Fireplace installation is a service conducted by most contractors, which can easily be located by searching for them online or in a local phone book.  Be sure to research chosen contractors before actually securing their services.  Read online reviews, and ask friends and family for recommendations.  Research also helps you find the best deal.  You can find out if a contractor is registered adequately online, also.

Cons of Fireplace Installation

One of the cons of being a fireplace owner is that they can actually expel heat from the house at a greater rate than they can supply it to the room in which it resides.  Many fireplaces are installed for more of an esthetic reason as opposed to using them for exclusive heating reasons.  Gas fireplaces usually provide better lasting heat for your home.

Since fireplaces differ in design and fuel types they have capacity to burn, every fireplace has unique pros and cons, including different emissions levels and overall efficiency.  It’s well worth your time to research the fireplace type that will best suit the needs of your home.  Carefully consider how much time you are willing invest in maintaining your fireplace.

To get the best prices, don’t be afraid to ask for quotes from multiple brick and mortar and online retailers.  Consider that online retailers offer considerably better prices since they can market their products to a considerably wider target audience.  With some careful research, you can find a great fireplace that keeps your home toasty and suits the individual needs of your home and all of those who abide within.

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