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2 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Having A Fireplace Installed In Your Home

Lori Silva

While remodeling your home, you may have decided that you would like to add a fireplace in one of your rooms as part of the renovations. However, when you start looking at the different styles and models, you may be having difficulty making a choice.

Before you have a fireplace installed, you should sit down and try to figure out exactly what you want out of it. You can start by asking yourself a couple of questions such as those below so that you can discuss what you want with the installer.

1. How Much Time and Energy Do You Want to Put Toward Using the Fireplace?

One question you should ask yourself when choosing a fireplace to have installed in your home has to do with how much effort you want to put into it. Do you want to simply press a button and have the fire start? Or, are you more hands-on and wish to spend time building and maintaining the fire yourself?

If you want the fire without the mess and time spent on building it, you should choose a gas fireplace with an electric starter. However, if you relish the thought of creating the fire yourself, an old-style fireplace that uses wood would be the way to go.

2. Is the Fireplace Meant to Heat the Room or Only Add a Warm Ambiance to the Space?

Another question to ask yourself has to do with the fireplace's function. Do you want the fireplace to add a warm ambiance to the room while using another source to heat the space? Or, do you want the fireplace to also serve as the room's heater when you have a fire going?

If the answer to yourself is the latter, you can discuss your desires with the installer. They can install heating ducts and vents around the fireplace to help deliver the heat into the room. Depending on the model, a blower may also be added to force the hot air throughout the space. 

Asking yourself the above questions can help you choose what type of fireplace you want in your home. If you want to build the fire directly, a wood fireplace would be a good choice. Otherwise, a gas model would give you a warm glow without the mess. If you want to heat your room, vents can be installed around the fireplace. If you are uncertain as to what other options are available, speak with a representative of a company that offers fireplace installation services in your area.