From rustic charm to modern ambiance, fireplaces are an investment in the look and feel of your home. In addition to the cozy focal points they create, fireplaces can also serve as a utilitarian element in your home’s heating system. Whether you’re looking for the experience of sitting fireside or hoping to improve the warmth of your home in an energy efficient manner, homeowners install fireplaces for many reasons. Choose the type of fireplace that best suits your needs and your design aesthetic.
Today’s market offers a wide variety of fireplace options for the homeowner. While traditional wood burning fireplaces offer a rustic touch, many modern designers are turning to electric and gas-powered fireplace inserts for a sleek, enclosed finish. If your home has an existing chimney, you can update your home with a wood or gas fireplace of your choice. Homes without chimneys can be fitted with external gas vents or electric fireplaces, and homeowners can even choose to have a chimney built into their home if budget and home layout allow for it.
As the most familiar style, the traditional wood burning masonry fireplace requires firewood as its primary source of fuel. The chimney and facade of the traditional fireplace is made with brick or stone, and vents to the roof of the house. This style is beloved for its rustic ambiance and may require a bit more maintenance than other fireplaces, such as removal of soot and ash and firewood purchase and storage.
Powered by gas as their source of fuel, gas inserts have a pilot light that can be ignited with a switch. This produces flames around fire-resistant logs to give the appearance of a traditional wood burning fireplace. If you are looking to install a fireplace in your home but don’t have an existing chimney, gas inserts can be fitted to vents that are built into the exterior of your home. Therefore, gas fireplaces are frequently installed along an outer-facing wall. There are also “ventless” gas fireplaces, although it is recommended that these be used for outdoor patio purposes only.
Electric fireplace inserts offer the ambiance and lighting of a hearth fire without any of the hassle. These fireplaces do not produce real flames but are instead designed to provide the look of fire. Many homeowners like this feature as it’s incredibly safe and mess-free, making it an especially wise option for pet owners and parents. Electric fireplaces require no fuel (other than electricity) and don’t require regular maintenance. Electric fireplaces do not require vents or chimneys, so these inserts can be installed almost anywhere in a home.
Depending on your local municipal building codes, there may be rules that your contractors will have to follow regarding chimney height, vent spacing, and emissions. Fireplace installation experts in your area should be familiar with these local building codes, and it’s helpful to get a sense of how these requirements might impact your overall project. These requirements can be especially important if you are having a chimney or vent system installed.
Fireplace installation costs will vary depending on the layout of your home and can increase if your home doesn’t have an existing chimney. If you’re looking to add a fireplace to an already finished home without a chimney, you may want to discuss options for a gas fireplace with a professionally installed exterior vent.
It is highly recommended that homeowners hire a professional to complete fireplace installation projects. Fireplace installers are trained experts, who will ensure your fireplace and chimney are compatible. A professional will make sure your fireplace meets all building codes and will operate safely.
Lastly, you’ll want a chimney inspector to take a look at your fireplace. This is especially important for wood burning masonry fireplaces and can help keep your family safe. Regardless of your fireplace type, you’ll also want to purchase and maintain your home’s carbon dioxide detectors.
If you’re ready to discuss your fireplace project, contact TruTeam to connect with fireplace installation experts in your area. As a leading fireplace installer and supplier in the United States, TruTeam’s safety-trained installers are supported by on-staff, certified National Fireplace Institute personnel. We will help you choose the right fireplace for your home and your budget and then coordinate every step of the installation process. Contact TruTeam for fireplace installation near you!