A fireplace is desirable, especially in winters, as it can heat your room and make you cosy; it will also boost your home’s visual appeal and value. When selecting the type of fireplace to install, you must consider many factors, including the perfect size and place to install, the kind of fuel fireplace needs and the ideal style that suits your home.
Is there a designated space to place the new fireplace with the provision to ventilate directly to the outside, or will you require getting permission from your corporate entity before installing a fireplace?
Here are essential tips that will be handy if you want to install a new fireplace:
First, you must choose a fireplace style and a fireplace fuel source. Fireplaces are available in two styles: Freestanding & Built-In Fireplaces.
1. Freestanding Fireplace
Freestanding fireplaces are easy to install, as they don’t require any special arrangements or renovations to be done, and they need only a few hours to install. It is cost-effective to install a freestanding fireplace, but they need more space than a built-in fireplace, and they are available in diverse shapes and styles to fit most room layouts or interiors. The only requirement is that freestanding fireplaces require the smoke ducts to run through the roof and ceiling.
Alternatively, a freestanding fireplace can be positioned against an exterior wall, selecting a direct ventilation system through the wall instead of through the roof and ceiling. And it is possible to install a direct vent fireplace in any room having an exterior wall.
2. Built-In Fireplaces
Contemporary built-in fireplaces are available in diverse styles and materials, and a well-designed wall fireplace can transform the ambience of any room. However, a built-in fireplace requires a systematic installation and may even require some renovation to be carried out.
Fireplace Fuel Source
The other vital consideration is what fuel type you want to choose for your fireplace. Here are the different fuel sources available on the market:
#1. Gas As the Fuel Source
Gas fireplaces are available in two variants: (1) Vented and (2) Ventless. Vented gas fireplaces let you avoid the mess and trouble of burning logs, which can be vented directly or through a fireplace. Gas fireplaces are increasing in popularity because of the convenience it offers. If you have a gas fireplace, turn the switch on to start it. And high-end models come with a remote that allows you to turn on the fireplace from right where you are, on the couch or bed and help you enjoy the warmth.
#2. Electricity As the Fuel Source
Electricity is another popular fuel source for fireplaces. Electric fireplaces are easier to install as they don’t require a ventilation system. And some electric fireplace units are pretty handy as they need plugging in, and you’re all set to enjoy the warmth. Though modern electric fireplaces are efficient, the cost of electricity is still a vital factor to consider. Electric fireplaces are the best option, especially for apartment buildings and townhouse complexes.
#3. Wood As the Fuel Source
When it comes to the natural feel and aesthetics, nothing can beat the wood-powered fireplace. The crack, snap, and pop of a real wood fire you can’t enjoy in any other fuel source. Modern fuel-efficient fireplace designs render excellent heat. Wood is a renewable resource, and modern-closed wood-burning fireplaces or stoves are safer and more efficient. They can convert as much of your fuel source as possible into heat while producing only a negligible amount of ash.
#4. Non-Vented Fireplaces powered by Ethanol
Fireplaces that run on Ethanol don’t require venting, so it doesn’t require flue pipe, connection, or any construction. You can place it where you want, even in the middle of the room, as they work on fuel directly poured into the fireplace. Once the Ethanol burns away, nothing remains to clean. If you’re looking to boost the aesthetics of your home, a ventless fireplace is an excellent option. A ventless fireplace is even more attractive because it does not require an exterior wall for direct ventilation or even a chimney. As there is no ventilation, there is no heat loss to the outer environment. Nonetheless, non-vented fireplaces are not suited for small or confined spaces, should only be used for lesser than four hours at a time, and shouldn’t be the only heat source.
#5. Pellet Fireplaces
Pellet fireplaces burn wood pellets for fuel and are highly efficient heating systems. Pellets are collected from cuttings and waste material from the local timber industry and are the cleanest burning solid fuel. They are affordable, easy to handle, store, and generate high calorific power. Pellet burners can be set to heat up at scheduled times automatically, and you can even remotely control some models with the help of a mobile phone app to create a warm and cosy home. Though pellet burners require an electrical connection to work, they can be vented directly to an exterior wall. However, wood-burning stoves require a fireplace.
The Bottom Line
- Whether you want to install a freestanding or in-built fireplace, you’re spoilt for choice as there is an array of styles, designs and features available for modern fireplaces.
- If your fireplace installation is not proper, it could result in the release of dangerous fumes or a fireplace hazard may occur. So always hire an expert to install your fireplace, and don’t opt for the DIY route.