With winter on its way, now is the time to start thinking about how to keep your home warm and cozy in the cold weather. Having an indoor fireplace provides a great atmosphere and amazing warmth to any home. Read on to find out more about the benefits of having an indoor fireplace and the different types of fireplaces inside your home.
Benefits of An Indoor Fireplace
There are several benefits to having an indoor fireplace. While any fireplace will provide you with a cozy and romantic setting, every type of fireplace offers different benefits. Wood and gas fireplaces will keep your home warm even if the electricity goes out. Meanwhile, electric and gas fireplaces are arguably the safest types of indoor fireplaces because they don’t emit any smoke and have no embers. Wood-burning fireplaces are environmentally friendly and will keep your utility bills down.
Types of Indoor Fireplaces
We’ve already mentioned the three main types of indoor fireplaces. In this section, we’ll talk a bit more about each one plus one other option.
Gas fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular, especially here in Arizona, because of how safe and efficient they are compared to wood-burning fireplaces. Gas fireplaces can run on propane or natural gas and require an exhaust system to expel gases. Like a wood-burning fireplace, they emit a real flame. However, gas fireplaces are much safer.
Wood Burning Fireplace
Lots of people prefer having a wood-burning fireplace because of the authenticity it provides. After all, a wood-burning fireplace is the only thing that will give you the sounds and smells of a real fire. If you opt for a wood-burning fireplace, remember that you’ll have to have plenty of wood ready for burning and lots of cleaning to do.
Electric fireplaces are inexpensive and easy to install. These fireplaces plug into the wall, and they do not have actual flames. Instead, they use LED lights to portray what looks like flames.
Although similar to a gas fireplace, this type of fireplace burns ethanol rather than natural gas or propane. Ethanol fireplaces are easy to take care of and give off almost no odor. One drawback of an ethanol fireplace is that it won’t give off as much heat as these other options will.
Design Features of Indoor Fireplaces
Indoor fireplaces come in many shapes and sizes. You may opt for a traditional mantel look or go for something more modern. Here are some more design trends for indoor fireplaces:
- Built-In Cabinets or Shelves
- Open Hearth
- Mixing Textures and Materials
- Freestanding Fireplaces
- “Smart” Fireplace Features
- Floor-to-Ceiling Elements
- Corner Fireplaces
Get Your Gas Fireplace Installed by Phend
At Phend Plumbing & Rooter, we have years of experience professionally and safely installing gas lines. Our family-owned company believes in providing our customers with superior service and using the best products and technology available. We’ve helped hundreds of people in Mesa-Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona install gas fireplaces in their homes and is ready to help you next. Give us a call today to get a free quote on your home’s gas fireplace installation.