Oftentimes when purchasing a home, a fireplace is used as a luxurious feature that attracts many different home buyers, especially for those who are looking to purchase in the winter months. For some, a fireplace is used solely as a form of heat, however, for others, it is a statement piece that is a visual focal point within the home. Whether you want a heat source or a statement piece to bring a design feature to the home, a fireplace is a great way to get one, if not both.
The two main types of fireplaces include a gas fireplace and a wood burning fireplace, both of which provide their own different features. Gas fireplaces are generally found more commonly in highrise buildings, apartments, condominiums and duplexes. While you can also find them within single-family homes. Many people feel as if gas fireplaces are the more luxurious compared to wood burning. While they still provide great heat if desired, gas fireplaces are coveted by many due to their cleanliness, convenience as well as the easy temperature control options they provide.
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When it comes to wood burning fireplaces, they provide a true sense of cozy winter days with the crackling sound of wood and the smell of hickory and burning logs. When choosing to purchase a home with a wood burning fireplace, you need to be sure that you are aware of the upkeep that comes along with them. Chimney sweeps should be done semiannually to help reduce the risk of chimney fires and proper cleaning of embers and coals should also be done quite frequently to help ensure that the fireplace remains clean of debris which reduces the risks of becoming overly full, which can lead to other potentially dangerous fire hazards.
While both fireplaces are great features to find in your next home, it is important to take the time to decide if you prefer one style over the other. Should you decide which you prefer you also need to set parameters regarding fireplaces, such as, if you prefer gas, is having a wood burning fireplace a dealbreaker? This will help narrow down the homes you tour. From cracking logs in the fireplace, to the ease of flipping a switch, each fireplace has many features to love. The only thing left to do is to decide which fits your personal preferences the best, grab a cozy blanket, and bundle up on the couch with the fireplace in the background.
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