Winter evenings are the perfect time to get snuggled up in front of the fire. But what if you don’t have one, or need to upgrade your living room fireplace?
There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a fire, so make sure you read on to ensure you get the perfect fit for your home.
Is an electric or gas fire better?
It all depends on your home and your requirements whether you choose an electric or gas fire. In terms of style, both types of fire come in a good range of stylish options. Let’s look at the pros and cons of both:
Electric Fires are generally cheaper to buy and efficient; they’re versatile and can be used in a fireplace or stand alone, as long as there is a plug nearby. However they are not as powerful in terms of heat output. Since electric fires don’t burn solid fuel, they don’t require a chimney or any other ventilation. Also, if you don’t have an existing gas line, an electric fire avoids the cost of installing gas. On the other hand, an electric fire tends to be more expensive to run compared to a gas fire.
Gas fires can pump out more heat than electric fires and look more realistic, but one downside is that they run by burning fossil fuels. As with any gas appliance, they need to be monitored and serviced annually to ensure safety. Although you normally need a chimney and flue, it’s not always the case as these days you can source flueless or ‘balanced flue’ fires which are vented through an external wall.
When is a wood burning stove a good option?
Wood burning stoves are an aesthetically pleasing option, providing an authentic and welcoming look, whilst being more efficient than a traditional open fire. They cost more to buy than electric and gas fires and need professional installation. A little more work is required, for example you have to light the stove and clear the ash, but the pay off is a stunning home feature, ultra cosy look and good heat output. However there are a few question marks over the air quality with a wood burning stove, therefore it’s important to go for an eco-compliant model and remember the chimney will need cleaning annually. You will also need a somewhere to store logs to burn.
What about uncovering an old fireplace?
Discovering a hidden old fireplace behind a wall is an exciting find, especially if it is a particularly attractive or decorative old fireplace. You may wish to start using it again, but after many years of being covered up there are steps you’ll need to take to get it up and running. Check out this article to get you started.
If you don’t plan to reinstate an open fire, but install a new fire in the opening, you can choose a fire which is sympathetic to the era and style of the home. This will help keep the character of a period property and is a feature that future buyers will covet so consider it an asset to your home.
What if your home is ultra modern?
An ornate, old fashioned fireplace would look out of place in anew build home, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a striking fireplace. Look for models which are sleek and minimal. A beautiful, clean marble surround will give you the elegance and look of luxury your home deserves.
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