Why a Fireplace is Beneficial For Every Home

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Authored by Claire Small
Posted Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 6:07am

When you think of fireplaces, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably heat, right? While it’s true that heat is the most prominent benefit of any fireplace, the advantages of having one at home extend way beyond that. 

From wood-burning fireplaces to gas and electric ones, these units make a worthy addition to any home, and we’re here to tell you why.

Of all the different types of fireplaces, wood-burning ones are the most sustainable source of heating you can use in your home. Unlike gas or electricity, wood-burning units such as cast iron fire pits produce no emissions, making them efficient friends to the environment. In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, these types of fire pits also tend to conduct heat better than other materials and can even be used to provide a great outdoor cooking experience similar to that of an authentic camping trip. And what can be better than sitting around a fire, late into the night, under the blanket of the starry sky right there in your own backyard?

Affordable heating

In addition to being environmentally friendly, fireplaces are also economically friendly, which is why they’re becoming an increasingly popular primary source of heating among many homeowners, especially as the electricity costs continue to rise. This is particularly true for the newer electric models. You see, while wood-burning and gas units can help homeowners lower their heating costs, some of the heat will inevitably escape through the chimney, and since the electric models don’t require a chimney, they provide the users with more heat, making them more cost-efficient. However, a fireplace will save you money in any way you look at it. Whether it’s one that uses wood, gas, or electricity as fuel, it will give you better control over the amount of energy you consume and consequently, the amount of money you pay for it. By giving you more flexibility to choose your own fuel source, fireplaces allow you to be less dependent on your utility companies and less restricted by their fixed rates. Some of the most advanced models even make it possible to distribute the heat from the unit to the entire house using the existing duct work which can significantly reduce your heating costs.

Enhanced interior design

Whether it’s installed indoors or outdoors, a fireplace can add that final perfect touch that takes your interior design to the next level. Through serving as a focal point during social gatherings, a fireplace can add visual appeal to any home, drastically improving the look and feel of the space. Additionally, a fireplace can also significantly increase the overall value of your property if you ever choose to sell it.

Romantic setting and cozy ambiance

A couple sitting comfortably by the fire is a classic scene in some of the iconic romantic films, and that’s all for a good reason. Just as candlelight sets the mood for an intimate dinner, a fireplace can instantly create a romantic ambiance in any room. If you’re not convinced just picture yourself sinking into the comfort of your favorite spot with your significant other, sipping on your favorite wine as the crackling fire envelops you in soothing warmth and soft light, what can be more romantic than that?

A fireplace also has the ability to make a house feel more like home. The warmth and glow of the fire can have a relaxing effect on your emotional and mental state, providing you with emotional comfort and stress relief. This ambiance can be quite hypnotizing which is why the fireplace always seems to be the central gathering point of any home. Having a cozy place to escape the cold and enjoy some quality time with friends and family or snuggle up with a good book by the fire as your dog snoozes peacefully next to you is an undeniable pleasure that can truly improve your quality of life.

Protection against blackouts

There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a dark, cold home while waiting for the power to  be restored during a chilly winter night. When the worst kinds of winter storms hit, blackouts can be a common occurrence, but if you own a fireplace, you can rest assured that you’ll have a warm, well-lit shelter that will keep you comfortable even in the darkest of times, literally speaking.

Safety and convenience

A wood fireplace can be very safe when maintained properly, however, electric and gas fireplaces offer the highest level of safety when compared to the wood-burning models. Besides, these models are much more convenient to operate, especially during the ice-cold winter nights when feeding wood into the fire can feel like too much work. Electric and gas fireplaces offer the beauty and warmth of their classic wood-burning counterparts without the need to cut or purchase wood or the danger of smoke in case of improper ventilation. Plus, they’re much easier to install, and with the vent-free gas and electric models, any homeowner can put a fireplace in for a little cost without having to remodel an entire section of their home. And let’s be honest, even the best boy scout can struggle to light a fire from time to time, which further adds to the invaluable convenience of gas and electric fireplaces. There’s no wood stacking, handling, or storing, all you have to do is press a button or flip a switch and voila! You have a nice, warm crackling fire. Now all that’s left for you to do is put your feet up, let your hair down and enjoy the fire.

A fireplace can improve any homeowner’s quality of life in a variety of ways that no other appliance can achieve. Between elevating the home’s value,  lowering the cost of heating, adding warmth and comfort to the space, and taking your interior design to the next level, a lit fireplace can warm up a home in more ways than one. Invest in the right fireplace for your home and you’ll see life as you know it will never be the same again.