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Types of Fireplaces: A Comprehensive Fireplace Guide

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Few features can evoke a sense of warmth and coziness in your home quite like a fireplace. Whether you are seeking a focal point for your living room, an efficient heating solution, or simply a charming design element, fireplaces offer a wide range of options catering to different tastes and requirements. In this guide, we’ll explore the various types of fireplaces to help you make an informed choice for your home.

Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces give the beauty of a real fire without the hassle of wood, and they are easy to control, clean, and maintain. Gas fireplaces may be vented through a chimney or installed ventless or vent-free. These fireplaces are very versatile and suitable for all different types of rooms. In terms of energy, gas fireplaces are known to be extremely energy efficient and can burn gas or propane. ​​This can lead to huge cost savings, especially during the colder months.

Gas fireplaces can also include smart safety features, remote access, and smart controls. Many modern gas fireplaces have oxygen depletion sensors and automatic shutoffs. These features ensure that the fireplace automatically turns off if oxygen levels in the room drop to unsafe levels. Some gas fireplaces can be integrated into smart home systems, allowing you to control the fireplace remotely using your smartphone. Many homeowners see gas fireplaces to add long-term value to a home because of their design and attractive features.

Electric Fireplace

Electric fireplaces are the most cost-effective of the bunch. Essentially, electric fireplaces are electric heaters with a visual flame effect. These types of fireplaces come in various styles, from wall-mounted units to freestanding. They are very easy to install because most models can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet, eliminating the need for complex venting or gas lines.

These types of fireplaces are the safest options for a home with children. They remain cool to the touch, reducing the risk of burns, and since there are no open flames, there is no risk of sparks or embers escaping.

Fireplace Inserts

Fireplace inserts are often specialized heating units designed to fit inside an already existing open hearth. Fireplace inserts can burn wood, gas, and pellets, or even be electric. They improve efficiency and safety. Fireplace inserts are an excellent way to transform an old, inefficient fireplace into an energy-efficient heating source while retaining the traditional look.

Ethanol Fireplace

Ethanol fireplaces are a clean-burning, decorative alternative to the other options. These fireplaces use bioethanol fuel and produce real flames. Because of this, they are ventless and do not require a chimney. While they can produce a real flame, they are not a substantial source of heat and are mainly used for decorative purposes.

Wood Burning Fireplace

Wood-burning fireplaces are the most traditional style of fireplace and have remained popular even in today’s world. However, this type of fireplace does require a lot of upkeep. There are a few different types of wood-burning fireplaces to choose from, like open hearth, closed hearth, fireplace inserts, and prefabricated.

Open hearths are a classic, open fireplace that uses air from the room. It typically features a wide, open front with a hearth where wood logs are burned directly on a grate. They are known for providing a warm and cozy ambiance. However, they are not very efficient in terms of heating and can lose a significant amount of heat up the chimney.

Closed hearths are enclosed with a glass door. The glass door provides a barrier between the fire and the room, making them more energy efficient. Closed hearth fireplaces also keep sparks and embers away from your room.

To choose the right fireplace for your home, consider your heating needs, the aesthetic you are going for, and the maintenance requirements. When selecting a fireplace, always consult with a licensed professional to make sure your home is equipped for proper installation.

Here at CampbellCare, we aim to deliver professional quality repair. Our technicians have years of experience and training and can quickly diagnose what is wrong with your gas fireplace. We can then provide you with multiple options and a competitive quote for the repair. Contact us today with your fireplace questions!

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Whether you need a deep cleaning, inspection, or you want to repair your fireplace, so it is ready for the next winter season, let the team at CampbellCare help with your to-do list. Our team not only installs fireplaces but also helps maintain and inspect gas fireplaces to ensure that they are safe for our customers.

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