Keeping your living spaces cosy this winter doesn’t have to mean layering up, or pulling those ugly space heaters out of storage and huddling around them for warmth. If you’re looking for a way to heat your house in style, perhaps it’s time to consider going with a classic and installing a fireplace?
Fireplaces have endured for centuries as the global standard in warming everything from castles to condos, and there’s something so undeniably romantic about settling in front of a crackling hearth on a cold winter’s night. Although some may be wary of the initial cost and construction of installing a fireplace into the home, the benefits are well worth it.
So, if you’re still on the fence, we’ve explored four different fireplace options that will meet a range of different requirements, whilst keeping the winter chill in check.
Wood burning fireplace
This is your quintessential hearth that most people imagine when they think of a fireplace. Typically this type of fireplace would be built-in and require custom installation with a significant amount of construction, but doing so will significantly add to the value of your home, whilst providing one of the most cost-effective and efficient means of heating a room. Aesthetically, this type of fireplace is perhaps the most appealing, and the cost and availability of firewood makes it an attractive option, however, they are expensive to install and maintain and they can be very messy and smoky, so there is a trade-off.
Gas burning fireplace
The ease and convenience of using gas is a major advantage of installing this type of fireplace, but there is no doubt that it doesn’t quite match the ambience of a wood burner. Installing a gas burning fireplace will still require the cost and effort of construction, but it will also prove a great asset over time. Additionally, gas burners skip the ash, soot, and burning embers, making them cleaner and safer than wood burning options.
Fireplaces that burn ethanol or bio-fuel have become a real winter trend, due to their ease of installation, affordability, and eco-friendly approach. Generally consisting of a burner tray into which the fuel is poured, these fireplaces require semi-regular refilling and won’t quite heat your entire home, but they often allow for adjustable temperatures and are odourless, making them perfect for smaller rooms and offices.
Imported Combustion Fireplace
Closed system fireplaces are the most effective way to heat your home as they only allow enough air into the fireplace to fuel the fire, thus creating an 80% heat retention in your home, versus a traditional open fireplace that has an 80% heat loss. They are very slow burning and there is no smoke.
If you’re looking for the most eco-friendly option of them all, electric fireplaces are novel alternatives that prove to be extremely energy efficient too! An electric fireplace won’t provide the same warmth as a wood or gas burner, but they emit no fumes and require minimal installation, with no need for a chimney or ventilation system. They also mimic the look and sound of a wood-burner, making them an aesthetically pleasing alternative to a normal electric heater.