Ask Yourself These Five Questions When Choosing Which Fireplace to Buy
Of all home amenities, fireplaces rank at the top of the list for millions of homeowners. This is the time of year when we start anticipating chilly winter nights – and dreaming about cozying up to the warmth of a fireplace. That’s why the fall and early winter seasons are the busiest for hearth dealers, as they work tirelessly installing fireplaces in existing and new homes across the country.
Since fireplaces aren’t something we buy every day, there are five simple questions to ask yourself when adding a fireplace to your home.
1. How much interaction do you want with your fireplace?
Gas fireplaces provide the highest level of convenience, since fires start in seconds, and there’s no ash to clean up, or chimney to sweep. Direct Vent gas fireplaces are the most popular because they are convenient and safe, with sealed combustion systems that protect indoor air quality by drawing outside air for the fire and expelling 100 percent of combustion exhaust and byproducts outside the home.
A wood fireplace requires quite a bit more interaction – hauling and stacking cordwood, building fires, disposing of ashes, and sweeping the chimney annually. But for many people, the aroma and sweet crackling sounds of wood burning are must-haves and worth every minute spent interacting with the hearth.
2. What is your budget?
There are various price points for fireplaces – from basic units that are economical and functional, to premium models with all the bells and whistles. To help you find the perfect fireplace for your home and budget, product pages on the Heatilator website (for gas fireplaces and wood fireplaces) provide the tools you need. Simply enter various criteria according to your preferences, including price, and all the options will appear.
3. What is your preferred home décor style?
Today there are many fireplace style options to consider, and you can find a hearth that perfectly complements the look of your home. For those who gravitate towards traditional design, there are many fireplace models to choose from featuring beautiful flames, embers and realistic logs. If you prefer an updated, modern aesthetic, you will be pleased with the wide selection of Heatilator fireplaces with uniquely contemporary shapes, materials and viewing angles. See all the options here.
4. What are your expectations for heat output?
To help determine how much heat is appropriate for your space, it’s best to talk to a hearth expert at your local Heatilator dealer about heat output. A fireplace can also work in conjunction with your furnace to zone heat the rooms where your family spends the most time. It cuts down on the fuel consumed by your furnace and can help to reduce home heating bills by 20 to 40 percent, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. Watch a video on zone heating here.
5. What are your “green” requirements?
If you care about living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, a fireplace is an investment you can feel good about. Direct Vent gas fireplaces have intermittent pilot ignition systems that significantly reduce energy consumption when compared to standard pilot ignitions. If you decide on a wood-burning fireplace, make sure it is EPA certified. In addition to burning a renewable fuel for heat (wood!), EPA-certified wood fireplaces like the Heatilator Constitution have advanced technologies that burn wood extremely efficiently, producing low outside air particulate emissions.
Once you’ve answered these questions, you will be on your way to enjoying the winter months more than ever with a new fireplace. And you can feel confident buying a Heatilator fireplace – for decades the first name in fireplaces and the preferred brand of homebuilders.