Fireplaces have become the most important element of our homes when we want coziness and comfort during the cold winter months. Regardless of the size of your house, there is a fireplace that will suit you perfectly.
The most popular types of fireplaces are traditional, gas, cast iron, and electric fireplaces. Each one has its own unique appearance and performance in offering the experience that you’re looking for from a fireplace.
Winter is synonymous with the image of curling up in front of a traditional fireplace. There is nothing quite like the crackle of a wood-burning fire. These fireplaces are a decorative focal point and is in great demand by those who want to give their home an antique feel.
It provides thorough, dry heat, and because you’re using wood as opposed to electricity, you’ll dramatically lower your utility bills. They do, however, require frequent maintenance and cleaning and enough space in your home to store logs. Extra precaution needs to be practiced when operating a traditional fireplace – use a safety screen to prevent embers from flying onto the floor and protect children and pets from the flames.
Achieving a warm room is as easy as flipping a switch when you opt for a gas fireplace. There is no need to source and store logs. Nor do you need to contend with soot, ash and burned-out logs that are messy and a chore to clean. What it lacks in ambiance, it makes up for in it’s effortless maintenance.
Cast Iron Fireplaces
Don’t worry if you have a smaller home, there’s a fireplace for you too. The cast iron fireplace comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and you’ll find many options that a budget-friendly. They can be set up virtually anywhere however you need to vent it to a chimney or outside your house. Cast iron is an especially suitable material for fireplaces because it retains heat for much longer than traditional fireplaces and gives off a pleasant and steady warmth long after the fire has died.
Electric fireplaces mimic the look of a wood-burning or gas fireplace but without the cleanup of burnt logs, ash and soot. While they may not radiate the same strength of heat as traditional or gas fireplaces, they are eco-friendly and energy efficient, emitting no fumes at all. Because it doesn’t require the installation of the chimney or a ventilation system, electric fireplaces are an ideal choice for renters who don’t want to worry about remodeling a home that isn’t theirs.
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