Finding the Right Unit for Your Home and Lifestyle
The options in fire-burning appliances are incredibly diverse. There is no reason for you to go without the warmth of fires in your home during winter months. It’s a good idea to consult a professional at any of our fireplace and stove stores, but the following information can give you an idea of the many choices there are when selecting a hearth. Units are available for every style and space.
If you already have a fireplace but want an upgrade that will transform it into a more efficient heat source, there are several excellent options you can choose from. A fireplace insert is a well-insulated unit that fits directly inside your current firebox and creates a different kind of burning environment. You will be able to lower your utility bill by turning off the central heat and letting your fireplace with insert do the work. You may also opt to have gas logs installed in your existing fireplace. A pellet stove insert is your best option for an environmentally friendly, efficient, heat-producing appliance.
With the technology available today, you can have a hearth installed just about anywhere in your home. Zero-clearance appliances can be safely installed next to combustible walls. Various venting options make it possible to enjoy fires in your bathroom, bedroom, home office, or kitchen. Outdoor patios and decks are also popular places to have a hearth installed.
You can choose a unit that is fueled by firewood, propane, natural gas, wood pellets, electricity, oil, or coal. The most popular are the first four mentioned. Local fuel availability is a major consideration in determining which fuel type you want in a new hearth for your home.
Remodeling or New Home
Hearths can be installed when your home is built or when you are ready for a remodel. The options for a masonry fireplace are limitless because you can choose the materials and the design that you want for your home. For a remodel, you will still have many options. Having a hearth that doesn’t require a traditional masonry chimney provides a much more affordable option than installing a new masonry fireplace. New, improved venting options are available for many units like wood stoves, linear gas fireplace designs, and more. It’s a good idea to consult with a professional, for design ideas.
You can find a hearth that is just the right size for your home and the particular space where it will be installed. You may want to zone heat, or you may want a unit that can heat a significant portion of your home. The question of how much heat you want your new hearth to generate will be a guide in narrowing down the models that may be ideal for your home. Lifestyle, climate, and floor plan are also factors in determining which style, size, and fuel to choose.
You may want a hearth or wood stove that can provide heat and perhaps a cooking option during a power outage. If your new hearth is expected to be a backup major heat source, that should be taken into consideration when choosing your hearth.
You may be amazed to see the many styles available, when shopping for a hearth at any of our fireplace and stove stores. No matter the style of your home, you can find a unit that will complement your décor and offer the features and design that is both pleasing to the eye and perfect for your personal tastes.
Hearths are available at rates that range from very affordable to very costly. Careful shopping can help you find the right unit at the right price.
If you’ve been planning to add the warmth of fire to your home, don’t put it off any longer. Check out the many styles and get a hearth that will be perfect for your home.