One of the things that can make a house feel like a home is a fireplace. Not only does this addition bring a warming or modern design to the home, it can also be a way to save money on electricity in the winter.
When you think of a fireplace, you probably think about a roaring fire and sitting around the fire while being with family. You can enjoy a good book while the flames lick against the wall. The crackling of the logs as they are burning is a sound that you won’t get from a gas fireplace or a space heater that is placed in the room.
In the winter months, you probably notice your electric bill increasing as the weather turns colder. A fireplace can help alleviate some of those heating costs as the fire can heat the room and a good bit of the rest of the house if you close the doors to the other rooms. When the fire is going, your furnace can take a break from being used, which can help extend the life of the unit if you need to have heat in the home for the majority of the day.
You can design your fireplace any way that you want it to look. Add an antique fireplace screen for an older look in the home, or add a glass screen for something a little more contemporary. Whether the room is designed with brick or has wood paneling, you can install a fireplace that blends with the other designs in the room. A mantle can be added so that you can include decorations throughout the year.
There might be times when the power goes out in the home. Instead of sitting in the dark, you can use the light from the fireplace to see and cook, especially if the power will be out for some time. This method of preparing small meals will also save money on the electric bill as you aren’t using the stove or the oven top. The fireplace is also storm-proof, meaning that it will still work even if there is an ice storm or another weather event taking place.