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Options for an Energy-Efficient Wood-Burning and Gas Fireplaces

Homeowners often struggle over the issue of delighting in the ambiance of a traditional masonry fireplace or opting for more efficient heating. The great news is that you don’t have to sacrifice the one-of-a-kind pleasure that a wood fire provides in order to cut heating costs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began tightening up restrictions on fuel-burning appliances back in the 1980s. Read more…

Using a Modern Fireplace Insert to Update an Old Home

The traditional, wood burning fireplace in your home may have been a key selling point during the house hunting process but the reality of living with a drafty, old fireplace can sap the romance out of it. Updating your fireplace with a chic fireplace insert is a great way to bring more of the comforts of the twenty-first century into your home. If you have ever Read more…

Adding a Fireplace: Is It Actually Possible?

Wood-burning fireplaces, once a standard feature in many homes throughout the country, have declined considerably in the last four decades. With homeowners opting for the convenience of central air and heat many builders simply built homes without installing fireplaces to reduce costs and to conserve space in homes that were considerably smaller than in the past. But now fireplaces are experiencing a resurrection in popularity Read more…

Converting Your Existing Fireplace into an Electric Fireplace

Homeowners who enjoy snuggling up to a warm and cozy fire in the winter, but don’t want the maintenance and emissions from traditional wood-burning or gas fireplaces, are converting their existing fireplaces into an electric fireplace. This is also a wonderful option for older homes that are unable to use their existing fireplace or chimney. Convenience without the safety risks One of the many Read more…

5 Pro-Tips to Help You Find the Best Fireplace Insert

A fireplace insert is a smart investment whether you want to give your fireplace a facelift at a fraction of the cost of remodeling or make it a more efficient heating appliance. Fireplace inserts are prefabricated fireboxes that have been designed to decrease drafts and increase heat efficiency. Since they are available in a variety of designs from rustic to modern, you Read more…

Add a Touch of Class with a Corner Fireplace

Fireplaces are not being used just for heat. Creative homeowners consider their fireplace like a work of art that blends into the architecture as an integral part of the home decor. There is perhaps no better way to jazz up your favorite space than with a dramatic corner fireplace that is sure to spark conversation as well as flames. Corner fireplaces are not Read more…

Illuminating Your Fireplace without Heat in the Summer

If you’re like millions of homeowners, you’re probably wondering what you can do with your fireplace in the summer. Actually, there are quite a few fun and interesting things you can do when you think outside the box and get a little creative. You might use the time to clean out the fireplace and spruce things up a bit, create an appealing earthy Read more…

Fireplace Ideas for Small Spaces

Is a fireplace on your wish list? If it is, you aren’t alone. One thing millennials and baby boomers can both agree on is that a fireplace makes any space feel more like a home. Having a new fireplace installed is easier than ever. Gas and electric prefabricated fireplaces are available in a wide range of styles from traditional to modern and can fit Read more…

Three Important Reasons Not to Settle for a Builder-Grade Fireplace

When purchasing a home with a fireplace, many homeowners may not have given a thought to the built-in fireplace provided by the builder. Fireplaces are an attractive feature and many builders and new housing developments offer a builder-grade fireplace that comes standard with the home. While this may be convenient, here are three reasons not to settle for a builder-grade fireplace: Lesser Grade Materials and Construction Builder-grade materials Read more…

Five Reasons to Add a Fireplace to Your Home Interior This Summer

With the warm and sunny weather that comes with summer, thinking about cold weather when winter is still several months away may not be at the top of your list. This is the time of year when you’re more in the mood for sipping iced tea instead of hot chocolate. But adding a fireplace to your home interior this summer is not only Read more…