Installing A New Fireplace In Your Home

The installation of a new fireplace is a major upgrade that will greatly improve the aesthetics and comfort of the interior of your house. While this is an upgrade that can be made to most homes, it is still a major change that will need to be thoroughly planned by the homeowner.

Is A Gas Fireplace A Maintenance-Free Option?

Choosing the type of fireplace to install will be a choice that is guided by a number of different factors. For example, the amount of maintenance that the new fireplace will require is a consideration that every homeowner should review before they settle on a particular option for their homes. Gas fireplaces will typically require far less cleaning and other routine maintenance than wood-burning options. However, it is necessary for a homeowner to avoid assuming that a gas fireplace will require no maintenance. It will still need to be cleaned to remove the residue that the gas could leave behind as it is burned. Also, the chimney or flue for the gas fireplace will still need to be cleaned and inspected at regular intervals.

Will You Always Need To Install A Full Chimney For The Fireplace?

When installing a fireplace, most homeowners will want to keep the costs as manageable as possible. One of the bigger expenses involved with this upgrade could be the installation of a chimney. Adding a traditional full brick chimney to the home can be extremely costly, but it is often possible to opt for a flue instead. This is an option that will still provide safe and effective ventilation for the smoke that the fire is releasing while also being far less costly to install. Additionally, it will also be more discrete so that the appearance of the home's exterior will not be negatively impacted by this addition.

How Will The New Fireplace Impact The Current HVAC System In The House?

The installation of a fireplace can provide your home with a source of warmth that can make the room where it is installed extremely cozy. Unfortunately, some individuals may fail to consider the impacts that this additional source of heat can have on their home's HVAC system. More specifically, placing the fireplace in the same room with the thermostat for the entire house can be a mistake as it may cause the thermostat to read the interior temperature of the home as being substantially warmer than it actually is. This could lead to the rest of the home becoming considerably colder when the fireplace is running due to the thermostat failing to activate the heating system. 

For more information about fireplace installation, contact a local company.