So Much More than Heat: The Benefits of Owning a Fireplace

When you think about fireplaces, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Heat, right? That is one of the greatest benefits of a fireplace – moving the thermometer in a positive direction. But there’s much more to a gas fireplace than heat.

Convenience
Even Boy Scouts struggle to light a fire from time to time. The convenience of a gas fireplace is a no brainer. You just flip a switch or hit a button on a remote control to light the fire. There is no buying wood, or cutting and splitting your own. There is no handling, stacking or storing. And your house won’t smell like a campfire for days. This is why gas fireplaces get used far more often than wood-burning fireplaces. All you have to do is put your feet up and enjoy the fire.

Ambiance
The warmth and the glow of a fire has a relaxing effect on everyone, providing emotional comfort as much as physical warmth. Just as candlelight sets the mood for an intimate dinner, a gas fireplace creates instant ambiance in any room. This is why the fireplace always seems to become the central gathering place of the home.

Enhanced Interior Design
If your home doesn’t currently have a gas fireplace, you can add one – with no expensive chimney construction required. Thanks to Direct Vent Technology, gas fireplaces are vented directly to the outdoors through a dual-chambered pipe that draws outside air in and expels the fire’s combustion byproducts out. Direct Vent gas fireplaces can be installed almost anywhere, as long as there’s access to natural gas or liquid propane. The before and after photos below show what a huge different a fireplace makes in a room. So, start shaping your house design ideas around a fireplace!

Increased Home Value
Looking at the photos above, it’s easy to see how adding a fireplace can increase your home’s value. According to a 2013 survey by The National Association of REALTORS®, fireplaces were one of the most-preferred features homebuyers sought in their dream home. Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed indicated they would pay more for a house with at least one fireplace, with a median premium of $1,400. That’s why so many homes have at least one gas fireplace.

Gas fireplaces have many benefits beyond heat. So why wait any longer? Visit a Heatilator dealer this week, and you and your family can be enjoying the benefits all winter long.

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