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The Simplicity of Zone Heating Revealed   

Zone heating may not be widely recognized yet, but it is a solution that many homeowners are searching for. Have your winter utility bills been throwing your budget completely off kilter? Heating and cooling account for 40% of annual utility costs, and heating is by far the most expensive. There are many ways to cut utility costs, but none can have as great an Read more…

Tips on How to Prepare your Fireplace for the Season

Temperatures are rapidly cooling here on the east coast. It’s the perfect time re-ignite the pilot in your gas fireplace or haul in your first load of logs this season for your wood burning fireplace. Before you relax beside the hearth with a cup of hot cider or cocoa, take the time to prepare your fireplace for this burning season. Unlike Read more…

Consider the Wood Burner Stove: A Perfect Alternative Heating Appliance

The cost of electricity in Colorado has risen sharply in recent years, and gas prices are going up, as well. Heating a home in winter can be very expensive. With a wood burner stove, however, you have an alternative heat source that can empower you to shrink the cost of winter utilities. Wood is the least expensive type of fuel Read more…

Your Step By Step Guide to Building the Perfect Fire in Your Wood Burning Fireplace

As any experienced camper knows, there is an art to building the perfect fire. Haphazardly throwing an arm load of logs together won’t cut it. The same thing is true about starting a fire in your wood burning fireplace. If you want to build a good fire that will burn for a long time and produce a lot of heat without a lot Read more…

6 Tips for Upgrading Fireplace Efficiency & Appearance

Relaxing to the soothing sounds of a sizzling fireplace with a nice cup of cocoa is a favorite winter pastime for many families. But your wood-burning fireplace may not be looking its best or operating at its peak efficiency. In fact, a wood-burning fireplace is not considered an efficient way to heart a home, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is because much of the Read more…

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…