Have the cold winds of winter left you eager to have a new fireplace installed into your living space? There’s no doubt that fireplaces up the value of your home significantly, and they make your living space much more aesthetically pleasing, too. That being said, you’ll have to decide on a fuel type before getting started on the process, and this is where many find themselves stumped.
In this blog, we aim to highlight the advantages of having a wood-burning fireplace installed. Gas-fueled units, along with electric, are both great alternatives, as well, but doing your research and ensuring you get the best fit for your space and lifestyle is essential before making any commitments.
Learn more about wood-burning fireplaces below, then reach out to the qualified technicians at Environmental Chimney Service to further explore your options. We’d be happy to help every step of the way!
Cheap, Renewable Fuel
One of the biggest benefits of purchasing a wood-burning unit is that fuel is easy-to-access, very affordable, and costs stay relatively stable. In the end, oil or gas will always be more expensive, and if you season your own wood, then the only thing you’ll have to give up is a bit of free time and labor.
So, how does one season their own wood? Start off by cutting the pieces shorter in length and split the ends, so that the log has ample opportunity to dry out. Then, store the pile off of the ground and in a well-ventilated area that offers ample protection from rain and snow. The CSIA recommends a shed with open sides and a sturdy roof. Once your woodpile is stacked, let it dry for at least six months before putting it to use.
Don’t have the time or space to store your own fuel? No problem. Just make sure the pieces you buy are lightweight, darker in color, and make a hollow clunk when smacked together. The less fresh it looks, the better of you’ll be!
An Authentic, Timeless Aesthetic
Now, gas-fueled fireplaces and inserts are great for people with a busy lifestyle who don’t have the time to build and maintain fires day after day, but when it comes right down to it, there is simply no beating the atmosphere that wood-burning unit creates. The sounds, smells, and genuine warmth that come with these models is impossible to fully recreate, and many homeowners feel that, if you’re going to invest in a fireplace, then this is the only way to go.
Along with this, a lot of homeowners think that the only way to truly enjoy a fire is if it built with their own two hands and regularly attended throughout the evening – it’s all part of the charm! Needless to say, despite the growth in popularity that gas appliances have achieved, there’s simply no replacing the classic ambiance that a wood-burning unit creates – it’ll never go out of style.
Lower Energy Costs
If you are really hoping to experience a dip in energy costs, then a wood-fueled fireplace is the route to take. Once you get a fire roaring, simply turn down the heat and gather everyone around the hearth. Your family will be plenty warm (and extra cozy), and your bills will be lower before you know it.
This also means you have a back-up heat source if the power were ever to go out, and since newer models are more efficient than they used to be, you don’t need to stress about cold air entering your home or tons of harmful pollutants entering the air.
Wide Range Of Style/Design Options
In today’s market, you have more choices than ever when it comes to finding the perfect fireplace for your home. There are many sizes, styles, and color options to choose from, and you can even add a wide range of accessories (think doors, grates, screens, tool kits, etc.) to really make space your own.
If you’re interested in seeing what’s available, feel free to check out our online store or simply give us a call. We’d be happy to point you in the right direction based on your specific needs and wishes!
Our Team Is The Best
At Environmental Chimney Service, providing our customers with subpar care and low-quality products is simply not an option. We want the best for the areas we serve, which is why we only recommended the highest quality units available, and you can bet that we never skimp or cut corners when it comes to keeping your fireplace and chimney in the best shape possible.
If you’re ready to explore your options, feel free to browse our website or just pick up the phone to get in touch with one of our CSIA Certified Sweeps today. We have the tools, training, and education necessary to set you up right, and in no time you can be relaxing in front of your new fireplace, happier than ever before. Call now!