Did last winter leave you longing for a cozy hearth to gather around? If you want to spend your winter season gathered around a fireplace, or if you’d like to lower your home heating bills by adding an additional heat source, now is the time to start looking for your new fireplace! Whether you’re looking to install a brand new fireplace or have a fireplace insert fitted into your existing hearth, there are several things you should be considering as you choose a fireplace.

Determine Your Fireplace’s Purpose

The first question to ask yourself when you begin looking for a fireplace is: What is the purpose of your new fireplace?

Then answer these questions:

  • Are you looking to add style and beauty to your living space?
  • Do you want to create a comfortable gathering space for family and friends?
  • Are you seeking a fireplace that will augment your home’s heating?

Once you clearly define what you’re looking to get out of your new fireplace, you will better be able to make decisions about your new hearth appliance.

Select a Location

Where in your home are you looking to add your fireplace? If you already have a hearth that you’re looking to refurbish, you obviously have a set location. A fireplace can be added to nearly any room of your home, however. You might have a spot in mind, or your fireplace’s stated purpose might help you determine a location. If you’re looking for location, a fireplace in a master bedroom can make your room feel like a cozy oasis. If you’re looking for a fireplace that will help heat your home, a central location with good airflow to the rest of the home might be appropriate.

Choose Your Fuel Type

One of the biggest decisions you’ll make regarding your fireplace is fuel type. Wood offers a tradition roaring fire, and it can add a lot of heat for a low cost if you opt for an efficient wood-burning insert and have access to firewood. Gas logs can offer a similar look and feel but without the need of procuring and hauling firewood. Gas is the most efficient fuel choice, and a gas or electric fireplace offers a quick, convenient fire that you can control with a thermostat, switch or remote. If you want a fireplace in a location that can’t support a chimney, a vent-free gas fireplace, vent-free logs or electric fireplace can allow you to install a fireplace anyway.

Find Your Style

When many people picture a fireplace, they think of the traditional crackling logs in a brick or stone hearth. While many fireplaces do have a traditional feel, there are fireplaces and hearths to fit any style, from rustic looking stone models to sleek, modern glass fireplace with floating flames. A fireplace can dramatically change the look of any home. What style will your hearth set?

Stop by Tri-County Hearth & Patio

As you start looking for your new fireplace, stop by the Tri-County Hearth & Patio Showroom, where you can see some of your fireplace options and talk to our fireplace experts to find a fireplace that fits your needs. You also can browse a wide selection of the fireplaces we offer right on the Tri-County Hearth & Patio web site.