Choosing a Home Fireplace

Have you just bought a new home, furnished it, but there is still something missing? Or have you redecorated your old home and made some minor changes in the interior, but you feel that there could be something added? Something new that would make your home more cozy?
How about an indoor fireplace? It’s stylish and the look in the flames is very calming and relaxing. Nowadays, you can choose from various types and styles. Whether you are a fan of traditional ones or you prefer clean lines and furniture with contemporary shapes and details, the market can make your dreams come true. This brief guide is going to give you some basic information on wood, gas and electric indoor fireplaces.

Wood
The real fireplace with the smell of fire, its warmth and some fireflies and crackling too. There are numerous fireplaces imitating the real ones, but if you don’t mind spending some time with this one’s maintenance and the risk of getting burnt, in case you have children, this is the best one for you. An advantage in comparison to the gas and electric variants are the lower costs.

An open fireplace is called traditional, and it is mostly built of masonry. It is quite efficient, but if you want more heat, you should try clean-burning and EPA-certified fireplaces. Both of them are very environmentally-friendly, the amount of pollutants produced is small, indeed. Of course, in case that you won’t decide to burn trash, fabric, etc., which could be dangerous not only to you, but also to the environment.

The last thing you should take into consideration is the maintenance. Bear in mind that both the fireplace and the chimney need to be checked regularly by a professional.

Gas
The most common type simulating the traditional fireplace. It is based on burning of propane or natural gas. In every gas fireplace there is a main burner which produces, similarly to a wood fireplace, warm fire. This category offers three types too: Free-standing designs, inserts and natural draft fireplaces.

The free-standing ones resemble the traditional wood-burning fireplaces and are also rather efficient. The front glass is available in more variants, tempered and ceramic being the most common ones.

Inserts are used to turn an old wood-burning fireplace into a gas one. A professional adjustment is an indivisible part of the process, the same applies to the installation of a special vent.

Natural draft fireplaces are usually vented with a B-vent, another option is using the old chimney. They often have a special fan working as a vent. This way higher efficiency can be achieved. These fireplaces are vented horizontally and vertically through vents that ensure even heating in the room.

Electric
Simply put, the electric fireplaces are for those people who want to enjoy the look at flames behind a glass, without having to do anything. No venting, no risk of burn injury, installation in every part of your home. They are the less demanding among the three basic types, although there are some fireplaces that need to be installed by a professional. On the other hand the majority are plug and play units. You just have to plug it into an outlet and that’s it. What is wonderful about an electric fireplace is the design(you can choose from various simulations) and the option to use it also during summer without producing heat in the room.

So as you can see, there is a great variety of fireplaces on the market. And the best thing is that you don’t need to search the Toronto luxury real estate listings anymore. You don’t need millions to be able to buy an indoor fireplace. It is simply an affordable comfort in your home.