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7 Reasons Why a Traditional Fireplace Provides Outstanding Value for Your Home

 

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In this day and age homeowners are going to great lengths to add the most unique and high-tech equipment to their homes to provide a more comfortable living environment. Most of these additions are very costly, expensive to maintain, and mostly go unused shortly after installation. A traditional fireplace is the type of addition that has been popular for centuries, and continue to be popular for homeowners and families alike. Additionally, traditional fireplaces are affordable to install, easy to maintain, and provide a unique experience for everyone in the family. Here are 7 reasons why a traditional fireplace provides an outstanding value for your home.

 

 

1.  Warmth at All Times

This may be an obvious reason to owning a traditional fireplace, but it is one that can be overlooked at crucial times of the year. While it is very clear that a fireplace can bring warmth to your home, it needs to be noted how influential this heat can be taken for granted until you are left without it. When the electricity goes out, a fireplace will more than likely be the only source of heat for your home. Therefore, the warmth that a fireplace can provide when all else fails a very important reason for installing for the return on investment it can bring your family and your home.

 

2.  Fire for Cooking

More likely than not your fireplace is located in your living room where you and your family spend the majority amount of time together while at home. Instead of having to run back and forth to the kitchen while cooking, take advantage of the cooking convenience and location of your fireplace when trying to make a meal. Additionally, if your fireplace is indoors cooking marshmallows and hotdogs on a stick can bring the fun indoors for everyone to enjoy!

  

3.  Ecofriendly

In this day and age, it is very important to provide an ecofriendly environment to all parts of your life.  Owning and using a fireplace for wood burning uses less fossil-fueled energy supply which is a great way to live ecofriendly. Furthermore, using your fireplace and burning wood uses a source that has a zero carbon footprint so you can be assured you are living comfortable and giving back to your living environment!

4.  Budget of Owning One

As electricity prices continue to rise, you can be rest assured that the price of maintaining an operating a natural fireplace will remain cheap and affordable for many years to come. There is no price for fire other than the time/effort you put into starting it. Following this further, while most home utilities require a qualified technician, most fireplace repairs and maintenance can be done by the owner which saves a lot for the wallet and the hassle of hiring someone. The main cost for a fireplace is wood, which will save you a lot of money in comparison to a growing utility bill.   

 

5.  Added Ambiance

Many homeowners go to far and expensive lengths to add additional ambiance to their home or living area. A project such as sun roof, or landscape lighting can run a homeowner upwards of two thousand dollars, let alone the time to hire a contractor and for installation. If you’re planning on owning your current or future home for at least five years, a traditional fireplace is a very affordable return on investment to own.

 

6.  Little Maintenance

Rarely do fireplaces require repairs, and if they do, the maintenance repair cost is low and affordable. Other than simple repairs, most of your maintenance will consist of replacing wood, and regular cleaning of ash and soot buildup. Fireplaces needed to be cleaned regularly, just as often as you clean your stove or floors overtime when they become dirty.   

7.  Provides Romance & Scent

Along with ambiance, a traditional wood burning fireplace provides the classic fire scent and extra romance to the home. Whether your curled up next to that special someone watching a movie or simply watching the flames of the fire in front of you. A traditional fireplace adds a touch of love and romance to home or living area. The scent of a wood burning has been replicated through candles, fragrances, and perfumes, but owning a traditional fireplace gives that unique smell that cannot be easily replicated.

 

Whether you’re preparing for the cold winter ahead, thinking about adding an addition onto your home, or simply looking for something to spark up your life, adding a traditional fireplace to your home provides the best return on investment for your living area and family. Make sure to check out Aspen Fireplaces large selection of traditional fireplaces to get yours today! For more information related to this topic, check out these other articles listed below.

 

https://www.ctsweep.com/blog/top-sweep-stories/benefits-of-fireplace/

http://www.weekendsonly.com/blogs/5-reasons-every-home-should-have-a-fireplace.aspx#.V9hkv5grK70

 

6 Steps for Starting a Fire in a Wood Fireplace

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Wood inserts and wood stoves are great fireplace options for those that prefer the authentic sounds and smells of a wood-burning fire. However, getting the fire going in the fireplace can be tricky for those without a great deal of fire-starting experience. Fortunately, this guide will tell you how to get your fireplace blazing in just 6 easy steps.

  1. Make sure your chimney is clean. Your first step should always be to make sure it’s safe to burn a fire up your chimney. The best way to make sure your chimney is safe for a fire is to get a chimney sweep.
  2. Open the damper. Open the damper when starting the fire and when it’s burning. You can close the damper when the fire is out. Opening the damper will make sure the smoke goes out the chimney.
  3. Prime the flue. Priming the flue involved warming it up so that cold air from outside doesn’t mix with the warm air of the fire. Light a newspaper and hold it up the damper to prime it, or turn on the gas and light the pilot light if you have a gas pipe supplement in your fireplace.
  4. Gather your fuel. Tinder, kindling and logs are the only fuel that should be used in your fireplace. Make sure you get seasoned wood, otherwise creosote can build up in your chimney.
  5. Start the fire. Tinder is material that is easily ignited such as newspapers, twigs, or wood shavings. Start by lighting the tinder with a match or lighter. When the tinder catches, add some small sticks for kindling. When your kindling starts to burn well, slowly add your logs.
  6. Keep a small ash bed for next time. Keeping a small amount of ash in the fireplace will make it much easier to start the fire for the next use. However, you will want to clean the ash out completely every so often.

Once you get the hang of it, starting the fire in your fireplace will be easy and then you are free to enjoy it! If you have a traditional fireplace, but want to learn about more efficient choices like wood inserts then contact us online and a representative from Aspen Fireplace will be in touch.

For more tips on how to start a fire in a wood insert or other wood burning fireplace, check out these articles:

https://www.unitedfireplaceandstove.com/blog/step-step-guide-building-perfect-fire/

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2010/11/23/how-to-start-a-cozy-fireplace-fire/

Wood Burning Fireplaces vs. Gas Inserts

There are many reasons why someone would want a fireplace in their home. Fireplaces have remained an architectural bonus over the years and are still considered to be a highly desired addition to a home. The top two reasons that attract most consumers to this classic form of heating are decoration or energy efficiency. Technology in fireplaces has evolved over the years and there are several options to heat your home.  With the choices available, each with its own set of benefits, the questions is which you should buy for your home: a wood-burning insert or gas insert?

Wood burning fireplaces remain a classically beautiful addition to a home and rustic fans still desire to go this route. The benefit of the wood-burning fireplace is of course the obvious, it definitely delivers the heat for large spaces. This type of fireplace is recommended for country home lovers that appreciate the nostalgia of chopping or purchasing firewood. For some homeowners this is still a very convenient and preferred amenity. Wood-burning fireplace fans appreciate the variety of sizes as well. They can range from being small, medium, or large. Although this type of fireplace is ideal for lots, it is important that you prequalify yourself for the maintenance of going in this direction. There is a matter of chimney cleaning, ash, odor, and storing logs to consider. A wood-burning fireplace to someone that is unfamiliar is most certainly a lifestyle change. This is not recommended for homes with light carpet, the maintenance can be very messy.

The gas insert is a fantastic route for homeowners that are fans of low-maintenance living. The eco-efficient homes go this route because of the clean and easy heat it provides. Gas inserts are controllable and also provide fantastic heat without the need of electricity. This is very convenient in the case of a power-outage and staying warm in the winter is a fantastic bonus. A very large room can be very well-heated through gas without any hassle or mess as the gas insert doesn’t need any chimney cleaning.

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Choosing the right fireplace for your home is a decision of lifestyle. The wood burning is certainly more maintenance than the gas insert but either option is great on heat. Whichever route you decide to go, be sure that it best suits your lifestyle or you could have a pretty difficult winter. Whether you decide to purchase a wood or gas fireplace, it is imperative to remember to have it serviced once a year. Most people will wait until the worst possible time to have it taken care of, which is when it fails on you, but the professionals say to take care of it during the spring or summer – before the busy season. Contact us to choose the right fireplace for your lifestyle.