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Three Types Of Fireplaces And Advantages Of Each

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While fireplaces are known as a way to heat the home, they are also a great way to add a cozy feel to nearly any room in your house. Others enjoy fireplaces because they help provide a romantic setting. No matter what your reason for getting a fireplace, you'll first have to decide what kind of fireplace to get. Here are three types of fireplaces and advantages of each. 

Gas Fireplaces

Fireplaces that are powered by natural gas or propane continue to grow in popularity. In fact, one statistic states that approximately 70% of all fireplace installations are gas ones. Gas fireplaces come in three different types including inserts, built-ins, and log sets. Some of the major advantages gas fireplaces have to offer include:

  • Convenience
  • Realistic-looking fires
  • Wide range of fireplace installation options

Gas fireplaces can be started with just a push of a button and some come with remote controls and timers. Even though you do have to buy your own fuel for them, many homeowners enjoy the ease of using a gas fireplace.

Electric Fireplaces

Homeowners who don't want to mess around with natural gas or propane may choose to get an electric fireplace instead. These types of fireplaces operate like any of your other household appliances that run on electricity - simply plug it into any outlet and feel the warmth. Some of the advantages electric fireplaces have to offer include:

  • A wide variety of decor and design possibilities
  • Fireplace installation is very simple
  • Virtually maintenance free

If you're a homeowner who is concerned about the environment, an electric fireplace is a good option as they do not emit any harmful chemicals or toxins into the air.

Wood Burning Fireplaces

If you are someone who wants real flames in your fireplace and enjoys the smell of burning wood, then you probably won't be able to go without a wood burning fireplace. Besides being the real deal, some advantages wood burning fireplaces offer include:

  • Continue to emit heat even after flames have died down
  • Less expensive to operate
  • Usable in the event of a power outage

One obvious thing you'll have to remember about wood burning fireplaces is that they need wood in order to be used. This usually isn't a problem for those living in a rural area, but if you live in the city, you'll have to buy firewood at the grocery store or find someone who sells it. To find out more, speak with a business like A One Heating & Air Conditioning.