Built-In or Freestanding Fireplace: Which Is the Best Option for Your Home?

Built-In or Freestanding Fireplace: Which Is the Best Option for Your Home?

Fireplaces have a way of elevating the interior design of any home, giving rooms a clear anchor and gathering place. But if your home has already been built, the job of installing that fireplace may be left to you – and your pocketbook. That means making choices based on what will work best for you, your family and your home. By weighing the options between a freestanding and a built-in fireplace, you can choose a heat source that makes your home look and function better.

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Gas vs. Wood Burning Fireplaces: What’s Better?

Gas vs. Wood Burning Fireplaces: What’s Better?

Unless you really enjoy snow-related activities, winter is pretty terrible. One of the small consolations to this seemingly endless season is the feeling of curling up in front of a nice fire on a cold winter’s day. Most home fireplaces are either wood-fired or use natural gas, though there are some alternatives. Let’s examine the pros and cons of each in a few important categories.

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Chimney Inspections Protect Your Home and Family

Chimney Inspections Protect Your Home and Family

According to Woodheat.org, about 10 million people in the United States use woodstoves or fireplaces to heat their homes. Unsafe chimneys not only cause massive damage from fires, but they can cause carbon dioxide or smoke buildup in your home if they cannot vent properly. If you heat your home with this method, make sure to have your chimney inspected this fall.

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