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  • Overview of fireplace fuel types
  • Facts on heating output and venting
  • Important fireplace safety tips

Warm Up Your Home with a Fireplace

There's nothing quite like curling up to a cozy fire with a book and a glass of wine. Adding a fireplace to your home gives it a nice touch and makes the room a lot more comfortable. Learn more about how to choose the best one for your home.

What fireplace designs can I choose?

There are several types of fireplaces to choose from, and it greatly depends on the style you want for the room. Built-in and wall-mounted fireplaces are permanent options that often require professional installation. Bookcase and convertible fireplaces have a unique look that might fit better into your space. All of these types may offer storage solutions, so you can keep the room organized or add a fireplace to the room without giving up precious storage space.

If you like the freedom of moving things around, freestanding or tabletop fireplaces might be right for you. These are easier to move when you're ready to change things up since they don't need to be installed into your wall.

Related: Read our guide for more details on the Benefits of Fireplace Inserts

What's the difference between vented, direct vent, and ventless fireplaces?

Fireplaces that produce smoke and gas need to vent this exhaust somewhere to keep it from accumulating in your home. Vented fireplaces use existing chimneys or flues to direct gases out of your home. If you don't already have a vent or chimney, the cost of installation will be significantly more if you choose a vented model. Direct vent fireplaces are an alternative to vented fireplaces. Instead of releasing gases through a chimney, they go through the wall. Finally, ventless fireplaces operate at 99 percent efficiency, so there's no need for a vent. When used and maintained properly, these fireplaces produce so little waste that combustion byproducts can vent back into the room safely.

What's the right size fireplace for my space?

If you're installing a fireplace into an existing fireplace space, be sure to take measurements and select one that fits. It'll save you time, money, and headaches in the future. The fireplace's heating power is measured in BTUs, and you'll need to choose one based on the size of your room. Most fireplaces are between 4,700 and 5,000 BTUs.

Fireplaces are quick to install and even easier to enjoy. Consider the fuel source that'll work best for your needs, along with the vent setup that fits in your home, and then focus on design. The end result? A dazzling focal point that can warm up any room.

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