Choosing the right Fireplace or Fireplaces
A fireplace is an architectural element consisting of a space designed to contain a fire. And that is about as much as one can generalise on the topic!
There is simply nothing better than snuggling up in front of a crackling fire on a cold evening.
Having a fireplace in your house definitely adds to the 'cosiness' of your home. But you must keep
in mind, not all fireplaces are the same. You energy needs and design preferences will depend on your home, and you have so many options to choose from. Once you have chosen to have a fireplace in your home you may find yourself regretting the decision once you start looking at the options. Take a deep breathe and simply look slowly through all the options and decide which is the best option for you.
If you have already made the decision to have a fireplace in your home you have obviously realised all the advantages. Keep in mind; this is also an investment for any home. It can increase the value of your home by as much as 30% or even more!
IIn the past, many people chose to install and fireplace for the aesthetics and recreational enjoyment of the hearth, rather than for heating purposes. Until recently, most fireplaces were insufficient in heating the home. Much of the heat was able to escape up the chimney, and some could even remove heat from the room! Of course there is much improvement today, and you can find a fireplace to suit your needs, your budget and of course, your taste. For aesthetic use, or heating purposes, fireplaces burn different materials and are made of different materials, in a
range of shapes and sizes. I doubt you won't be able to find something which tickles your fancy.
Brick fireplaces are often found in large, older houses and traditionally boast large mantels and elaborate stone work that act as a stunning focal point in the home. In this type of fireplace natural wood is burned while the chimney damper remains wide open to let air in and smoke out. The brick used is usually designed to absorb the heat of the fire and then radiate it back into the room.
Be sure to shop around before you decide on a fireplace for you home. The internet is a great place to start, and you can do some research on which fireplace would be the best for your home. Once you have done this, go out and visit some suppliers. Stroll through the showrooms and be sure to have a long list of questions to ask the attendant. Top of your list should be "will I need a chimney, as I do/do not have one?" Make sure that if the fireplace you have chosen needs installation you do not attempt to do this yourself. Professional help will be much appreciated when all is said and done. Taking on this task yourself would be a huge risk to yourself and your home.