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A Guide to Fireplace Options for Your Home

wood burning fireplace in home

Fireplaces add warmth, ambiance and value to any home. But with so many different types of fireplaces available, it’s tough to know which one is right for you. Here’s a guide to the different types of fireplace options available, so you can choose the best one for your needs and budget.

The Fireplace Fuel Type

Fireplaces burn fuel to create light and warmth. The most common fuel types include gas, wood and electricity.

  • Gas fireplaces are popular for homeowners because they’re convenient, easy to use and relatively clean burning. A gas fireplace can run on either natural gas or propane.

  • Wood-burning fireplaces provide the most realistic flame and the most heat output. However, they’re also the most work-intensive to maintain and can be messy.

  • Electric fireplaces are the most convenient and easy-to-use type of fireplace. They simply plug into an outlet and don’t require any venting. An electric fireplace can heat only small spaces but provides a realistic flame and a cozy ambiance.

Fireplace Styles

Fireplaces are available in many styles that can match any home, including:

  • Direct vent fireplaces are the most efficient and cleanest-burning type of fireplace. They vent the combustion gases to the outside, so they don’t produce any indoor air pollution. Direct vent fireplaces can be installed in any room of the house, including bedrooms and bathrooms.

  • Gas, propane and wood inserts can be used to retrofit an existing fireplace. Inserts are typically more efficient and cleaner burning than traditional open-hearth fireplaces.

  • Gas stoves and wood-burning stoves are free-standing fireplaces that can be placed anywhere in a room. They don’t require a chimney but need to be vented to the outside.

Choosing The Right Fireplace for You

When choosing a fireplace, there are a few factors you should consider:

  • Fuel type. If you want a convenient and easy-to-use fireplace, a gas or electric fireplace is a good option. However, a wood-burning fireplace is an excellent choice if you want the most realistic flame and the highest heat output.

  • Style. Consider a direct vent fireplace or a gas, propane or wood insert if you have a traditional home. If you have a modern home, an electric fireplace or gas stove may be best.

  • Budget. Fireplaces can range in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Set a budget before you start shopping so that you don't overspend. Look for a fireplace installation company with flexible financing plans.

Fireplace Installation in Orangeville and Alliston

At Don’s Heating & Cooling, our fireplace installation experts will ensure your new fireplace is installed safely and vented correctly. Contact us today to learn more about our wide selection of fireplace models and get a quote, or visit one of our showrooms in Orangeville and Alliston.


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