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Adding a Fireplace to your Existing Home

fireplace store inglenook energyTo increase the cozy ambiance in your home, you can add a gas or wood-burning fireplace. Because the new appliances today are approved by the environmental protection Agency (EPA), you can also look forward to lower heating costs and much better efficiency. There is no comparing a traditional wood-burning fireplace to an EPA-approved appliance, due to the stark difference in how they perform.

If you sell your home, you will probably get a good return on your investment in a gas or wood fireplace, due to their renewed popularity among home buyers. Before you start shopping for a new fireplace, though, find out whether any appliances are banned in your community. Below, learn more about adding a fireplace to an existing home.

Check Local Building Codes

Municipalities often place restrictions on heating appliances. Some local building codes dictate various guidelines which must be adhered to when chimneys are being built. For instance, minimum chimney height and clearances around venting pipes may be mandatory. Some local codes don’t allow ventless gas fireplaces to be installed in homes. Also, it is not uncommon for fireplace emissions to be restricted, to protect air quality. So, the recommended first step when adding a fireplace to your home is to find out about the legal guidelines for making the addition.

A Fireplace for Every Budget

You can spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars for a fireplace to $20,000 or more. The most expensive route is to have a fireplace and chimney built as an addition to your home. At hearth stores, many styles and types of standalone fireplace appliances are available for you to choose from. The venting for some units is very cost-effective, and other appliances are ventless. If you’re ready to add a fireplace to your home, simply visit a reputable hearth store. Experts can help you find a fireplace of the size and type that best fits your home and your budget.

Choose the Fireplace Fuel Type

Fireplaces can be fueled with wood or gas, and you can also purchase an electric fireplace. The fuel types all offer different benefits. For instance, a wood-fueled fireplace uses the least expensive type of fuel: Firewood. Due to improved fireplace efficiency, a cord of wood can easily last twice as long as it would in an open masonry fireplace while providing double the heat.

Gas fireplaces are popular due to their convenience and efficiency. If gas is already used in your home, this is a more viable and cost-effective option than it would be otherwise.

Electric fireplaces display faux fire, and they can be enjoyed with or without heat. You can choose from many styles of electric fireplaces. The cost to operate these appliances is lower than most people think—an average of up to 12 pennies per hour.

Wood burning fireplaces conifer coloradoZone Heating Cuts Heating Costs

If you have a fireplace installed in the main living areas of your home, you can turn off central heating and use the fireplace to heat only the room you’re in. Statistics show that zone heating can lower heating costs by as much as 40%. It could be practical to install a fireplace in your kitchen, office, guest bedroom, master bedroom, and bathroom, as well as your living room. If you used a gas fireplace in each room, you could turn the fireplaces on and off with a touch of the remote control.

Electronic fireplaces can also be used for zone heating, though they produce less heat than gas and wood-fueled fireplaces.

Visit Inglenook Energy, for a New Fireplace

Inglenook Energy is a renowned full-service hearth store featuring live displays of working fireplaces and stoves in their massive showroom located in Conifer, CO. Not far from Denver CO, Inglenook offers the help of experts and a wide selection of fireplaces. Whether you are considering having a wood or gas fireplace installed or whether you are interested in a convenient electric fireplace, visit Inglenook Energy or call today at 303-838-3612.