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Fireplace Pros and Cons: How to Heat Your Home

by CustomHomes on Monday, October 16, 2017

fireplace pros and cons - indoor patio with fireplaceThere is nothing more picturesque than a living room lit by a crackling fire. What can feel cozier than curling up with cocoa in front of a warm fireplace? Fireplaces are not only a way to heat your home, but also a way to bring family and friends together.

However, their maintenance can become cumbersome over time. Fireplace pros and cons will vary depending on which kind of fireplace you decide to purchase, but that flexibility in itself is a benefit.

Today, you have the luxury of choosing from a wood, gas, pellet, or electric fireplace. Each type functions differently, and must be maintained as differently. They all come with their own expenses so you have a range of options to find which best suits your needs.

Fireplace Pros

Wood Fireplace

Wood stoves carry an aesthetic appeal and come in beautiful forms. They have the traditional appeal of cuddling with loved ones and roasting marshmallows. Wood is plentiful, and relatively inexpensive. In addition, if you chop wood yourself it provides exercise as well as an added sense of accomplishment. It is a renewable source and the most environmentally friendly type of fireplace.

Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces are simpler all around. They are easier to install, easier to get started -a simple flip of a switch- and very easy to clean. They allow you to decide the heat output and the size of the fire. They also do not require as much supervision to keep alive, however, it is still important to keep an eye on an active fire

Pellet Fireplace

Fireplaces using pellets are another option for people seeking an environmentally friendly method. Pellet stoves burn cleanly, and pellets are a readily available resource. They can also be stored for extended periods of time and don’t take up a lot of space.

Electric Fireplace

Lastly are electric fireplaces. These are typically small and do not require installation as they are portable and meant to be easily moved. They are most convenient for small apartments or as an additional appliance to help warm a small space.

Fireplace Cons

Wood Fireplace

Wood fireplaces require a lot of maintenance. Otherwise, they could prove to be a serious danger. Without regular chimney cleaning, they will result in a lot of smoke and undesirable odor. The heat cannot be controlled without regular monitoring, and is not uniform across a large space.

When a wood stove is the sole source of heat, this is why there are usually multiple wood stoves within a larger house. If there is another heating system in place, a single wood stove or fireplace can be a fantastic addition to a living room or great room.

Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces are not very green due to the use of fossil fuel. This can also produce an unpleasant smell. In power outages, they may be rendered unusable.

Pellet Fireplace

Pellet fireplaces are similar to wood fireplaces in that they require a lot of maintenance. If you do not keep careful watch over these types of fireplaces, they could become a great risk to both your home and your family. Pellets also tend to be more expensive. This is exceptionally true if you live in an urban area.

Electric Fireplace

Finally, electric fireplaces tend to be the most expensive as they increase your electric bill. Not only that, but they are the least efficient as they produce the least amount of heat. Unfortunately, you will likely only be able to warm up your immediate vicinity because of their low overall output.

With this information in hand, you’ll be able to choose the best fireplace option for your custom home. If you’re still unsure, give the team at Custom Home Group a call!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com