Thinking Of Having A Wood-Burning Fireplace Installed? We Can Help!
Wood-burning fireplaces tap into soothing feelings of nostalgia like no other part of the home really can. The gentle crackle, warmth and ambiance — it gives off visions of simpler times, and cozy togetherness with our family and friends.
But that isn’t the only benefit you can experience when you have a wood-burning fireplace installed in your home. On more practical terms, adding a fireplace can make your home more desirable, if you’re thinking you may sell it down the line. A survey of home buyers from the National Association of Realtors showed that fireplaces were the most desired feature in a home, and nearly half of those polled indicated that they were willing to pay more for a house that featured at least one. In other words, fireplaces increase home value pretty much across the board.
Different Kinds of Wood-Burning Fireplaces
If you’re thinking about having a wood-burning fireplace installed, you’ll make a lot of choices in order to get the appliance that suits you best. One of your first decisions is whether you’d prefer a traditional, a clean-burning or an EPA-certified fireplace.
If you’re more looking for mood and ambiance, a traditional wood-burning fireplace might suit your needs well. But if heating is a more important part of your desire to add a fireplace, it’s worth looking into clean-burning or EPA-certified units. Traditional fireplaces are open combustion systems, while clean burning and EPA units are well-insulated, closed-combustion systems (with glass doors) that allow more heat to be transferred to the space.
You’ll also want to consider whether a masonry or factory-built fireplace suits your needs best. Masonry fireplaces are classic, beautiful and long lasting, and are custom-built on site to suit the space and your preferences. Prefabricated units are generally less expensive (though less durable), and are constructed in a factory and installed on site. Still, prefabricated units offer a lot of options and are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and designs.
The Benefits Of Wood-Burning Appliances
If you live in a heavily wooded area, a wood-burning fireplace can be a particularly great value, since free fuel is likely abundant in fallen timber. Just make sure the wood you use in your fireplace is seasoned properly — keep wood protected from moisture for at least six months to a year before burning. Wood-burning units can also be a great benefit if the power goes out — even if a rough winter storm knocks out power lines, you’ll be able to heat up your space.
Old Hat Chimney Service technicians are wood-burning fireplace experts and can help you find the perfect fireplace for your needs and wants. Plus, we can provide you with professional installation and service to keep your fireplace in top-notch condition for the long-haul. Give us a call at 770-529-2654 or click here to make an appointment!