Looking to renovate and add some luxury to your home? A fireplace is a perfect choice for any room, from living rooms to bedrooms, and yes, even bathrooms, as long as you have space for one. They do so much more than add warmth during the colder months; they can completely change the feel of the room, adding a touch of opulence, romance, and coziness.
If this is the upgrade of your choice, there are a few different types of fireplaces to choose from, though they all fall into four basic categories: wood-burning, gas burning, ethanol burning, or electric. This article will outline each of the categories so you can decide which is best for your home.
Wood Burning Fireplaces
These are the types of fireplaces people most often think of when they think of a fireplace. The classic crackling sounds of a roaring fire are both romantic and cozy, but they have evolved so that they are more cost-efficient than they were decades ago.
A traditional open-hearth fireplace is the classic stone or brick fireplace, which, when you sit close, you can feel the intense heat. They may feel more authentic, but they aren’t effectively heating the entire room, and do require proper ventilation to avoid dangerous fires. You can opt for an enclosed fireplace to keep heat in the room more than going up the chimney.
Gas Burning Fireplaces
Although these types of fireplaces are a bit different than a traditional option and do have a different feel, they can usually be a more attractive design that can fit better into a modern style of home.
Balanced flue fireplaces are a popular choice for gas-burning fireplaces, and they are much more efficient than other kinds of gas fireplaces. They’re also quite effective at heating a whole room and can be fitted in any position in a room, offering some more flexibility when it comes to design. Balanced flue gas fireplaces are a stylish and modern choice if this is the type of fire you’re interested in. If you don’t have any ventilation already but want a chimney, you could opt for a ventless built-in fireplace.
Ethanol Burning Fireplaces
These kinds of fireplaces are rather trendy since they’re a more contemporary style and so easy to install. They won’t create as much heat as the other types, but they are more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, so if you want a fireplace that’s less function over form, this might be the choice for you. Ethanol burning fireplaces can be mounted on walls, can be placed on tabletops, or even converted from existing fireplaces.
While an electric fireplace isn’t a ‘real’ fireplace, in the sense that the flames aren’t actual fire, they are the most cost-effective option and are relatively easy to install into any room. You also have the option of turning the heating function on or off, so if you’re just after the ambience, a fireplace can offer during both the summer and winter months, an electric fireplace is a way to go. As a bonus, some even have a variety of different fire effects for customisation.