When you are looking to install a new fireplace, several different factors will assist in your decision-making process. Does it look good, is it cost-effective, is it safe, will it last? There are pros and cons to each type of fireplace and with something that’s going to be at the forefront of your home for several years it’s imperative you make the right decision for you and your home.
There are three main styles of fireplace that can be installed into your house: gas fires, wood burning fires, and electric fires. Each has its own distinctive qualities which appeal to homeowners. Fireplaces are no longer purely a source of heat in a home, they are the focal point to our living spaces which can be dressed for occasions, talking points with guests, and a place to gather around when warmth or relaxation is needed.
Many people choose to invest in a fireplace as it increases the resale value of a house, others decide this is the route for them to become more environmentally friendly or to reduce heating bills.
Gas fireplaces are a popular choice because they’re easy to use, energy-efficient, and above all, they’re safe. Many gas fireplaces come with modern features such as remote controls, ambient backlighting which can be dimmed for your comfort, and decorative fronts. The cost of a high efficiency gas fire in the UK can be anything from £700 – £4,000 depending on the features, style, and finish required.
Gas fireplaces are a simple option for many homeowners, they’re affordable to install compared to other styles of fireplaces, offer convenience for people who prefer to have the fire on for shorter amounts of time, and are kinder to the air as they do not give out any fuel or smoke. The downside to a gas fireplace is that they require regular maintenance from a professional, as do wood burner fireplaces.
Electric fireplaces are an excellent choice for any homeowner on a budget, they are cheap to pick up and easy to install, while still adding a stunning ambiance to your living space. The trouble with electric fireplaces is that they don’t give off that much heat a maximum of 2kW.
We find that with many new builds they are so well insulated that a lot of people who buy the electrics just want the feature and don’t in fact need the heat.That being said, they have their own unique benefits; they can be extremely flexible and can be arranged almost anywhere in your home, they also don’t take up a lot of space with their slimline designs so are superb for smaller homes.
Wood Burner Fireplace
Wood burner fireplaces are quickly becoming the most popular fireplace choice for younger homeowners, this is primarily due to their beautifully charming, rustic style. Although Wood burner fireplaces can be very pleasing to the eye and fairly cost-efficient to run, they also take the most work to install and maintain. You will require annual professional maintenance, alongside assistance from a chimney sweep every 6-12 months depending on how often you use it.
A wood burner cannot be switched off unlike its gas or electric alternatives.
Opting For A New Fireplace!
There are many advantages to installing a fireplace in your home. Deciding on which fireplace is best for you can be a fairly simple decision once you have evaluated your reasoning for adding this feature. If you want to add style without too much cost then an electric fireplace might be the best option to consider.
If you’re more concerned with the environmental effects that may come with owning a fireplace then a gas fireplace may be a better choice. Alternatively, if you want the comfort and style that only a real, traditional roaring fire has to offer you may wish to more confidently think about a wood burner fireplace.
To find out more about how our team at Burning Inspirations can help you find the perfect heating source for your home, get in touch on 01908 507027 or head over to our contact page for more details.