Most homeowners today would agree that a roaring fireplace on a chilly fall night is a nice thought. Other homeowners would say it’s a necessity. Fireplaces have come a long way from tromping out into the woods, pulling cut logs from the pile stashed under tarps covered in feet of snow. You have the many options of typical fireplaces set as a firebox, freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts, manufactured log sets, etc. But why the necessity?
While homeowners can mostly agree that a fireplace is nice, nearly all would nod their heads in saying that heating a house can be expensive, especially for us northerners. So how can we reduce the bills while staying warm? Turns out, you can have you cake and eat it too through a method called zone heating. Zone heating is putting heat where you need it, when you need it, allowing you to turn down the thermostat on your central heating system. Research states that we spend more than 80% of our time in 20% of the home. According to the US Department of Energy, by inserting a fireplace, stove, or logset insert, you are able to turn down the thermostat and decrease your bill by anywhere from 20-40%. Because seldom-used rooms don’t require constant heating, zone heating allows you to save money by running more concentrated amounts of heat when necessary.
In addition to the billing efficiency, zone heating can offer greater benefits like increasing the value of your home. The National Association of Realtors estimate that adding one fireplace can increase the value by almost 12%. And that’s per fireplace. They also state that adding a fireplace is among the top three things that interest homebuyers. If a fireplace is something that is not yet installed in your space, purchasing and placing the system won’t break your bank. Many factory-built systems use a safe and lightweight chimney (sometimes no chimney at all) and do not require additional structural support; making the installation easy and less expensive.
Zone heating is an option that should be thought through carefully and involve a professional installer who can advise appropriately. Here at Aspen Fireplace, we would be more than happy to help inspect and provide the best and most reliable products for your next home renovation. Feel free to contact us for more information on how you can improve the quality and function of your home space.