What to consider when looking for a new fireplace

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No wonder fireplaces always act as the focal point of the room, and in fact, they are essential to the entire feel of a house. A fireplace is a cost-effective solution to keeping your house warm throughout the winter months. If you are thinking of adding a new, modern fireplace to your home, then here are a few things you must consider:

Utility Needs

Ask yourself why you want to install a fireplace in your house. Whether you want a fireplace for extra warmth and lower utility bills, or to dictate the overall interior of your home, here are some of the options to keep in mind:

Gas Fireplace: This is an energy-efficient and low maintenance fireplace.

Wood Burning Fireplace: This is suitable to warm up a small area as it produces a minimum amount of heat.

Pellet Stoves: This one is apt for bigger spaces as a pellet stove produces sufficient heat.

Bioethanol or Electric: They produce a moderate amount of heat that warms up only a small area surrounding the hearth.

Present & Future Costs

Do consider the upfront cost of buying and installing a fireplace as well as the future running expenses when deciding on a budget for the fireplace. For instance, a wood burning fireplace may involve an inflated pre-installation outlay but nominal ongoing running costs.

Fireplace Location

Find out a possible location for the new fireplace in your home. At this point, you must contemplate if you have room to install a fireplace and how large or small it is. This will impact the size and type of fireplace selected. Usually, fireplaces are placed on a wall central in the living room, but if this is not an option for you, you may even consider an unloved corner in your home.

Design & Aesthetics

Modern design fireplaces combine style and utility and make homes come alive. Sheathed in stone, marble, or tile and truly detailed for a contemporary touch, or traditional styles with detailed iron, stone or marble work, be sure to have your inspiration to incorporate a fireplace in your home. Make sure your hearth matches your home’s current theme and décor.

Safety & Building Codes

For each location, the safety norms and building codes vary. Requisite requirements may state aspects including the length of roof penetration, chimney footer projections, and thickness, emission levels, exterior air supply location, positioning of the gas line & more. On the basis of the code for your area, you may be able to figure out the expense and intricacy of fireplace installation. Probably, your budget and renovation needs may lead you to choose the right fireplace for your home, to remain compliant with your safety and building codes.

Make a move to transform your home’s existing decor by adding in a new, stunning fireplace. Be sure to plan in your fireplace design early and get in touch with the team at Able Appliance & HVAC Service for bespoke fireplace installations and more fireplace services.


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