As temperatures continue to drop up here in the frozen Northwoods, those of us who have a fireplace in our home will be cozying up to it in warm bliss, while those of us who don’t have one will be wishing we did! A fireplace is one of those creature comforts that we don’t realize we’re missing out on until we’re at a friend’s house and we notice the crackling fire on the hearth and feel the warmth emanating from it.
Fireplaces were listed as one of the most-preferred home features in a recent National Association of REALTORS® survey, and it’s easy to understand why. If you’re considering including a fireplace in your home, this is good news for when it comes time to put your house on the market! Here are several more great benefits of having a fireplace in your home:
1. Cozy fires
The cozy warmth of a fireplace is unmatched by any other heating appliance whether you have an open hearth, a fireplace insert, a pellet stove, or a wood stove. Watch the fire dancing as the outside cold melts away. Plus, fireplaces offer a cheerful setting to gather around the crackling flames with family and friends, to pull up your comfiest chair and sink into a good book, and enjoy countless other favorite indoor activities.
2. Extra warmth when the electricity goes out
When the weather turns frightful and the worst kinds of winter storms hit, electricity often goes out. With a fireplace in your home, you can transform these snowy gales into the coziest time of the year with a roaring fireplace.
3. Fire for cooking
If you have a wood burning stove, you get the extra benefit of being able to cook on your heat source. Save a little money on your utility bill by heating soup or coffee on the stove as the fire warms your home. Or you can even cook a meal even when the electricity is out! With an open-hearth fireplace, you can still roast marshmallows and hot dogs on sticks.
4. Cut energy costs
As electricity costs continue to climb, fireplaces are becoming an extremely popular primary heating source. In many instances, it can cost less to burn firewood than to heat your home using utilities that depend on fossil fuels.
5. Energy independence
A fireplace gives you an opportunity to be less dependent on utility companies and their high costs. You can take charge of your fuel source including how much you pay for it, and where/how you obtain it. If you own a lot of heavily wooded property, you may even have an endless supply of free wood!
By now, if you’ve already been considering a remodel or new home build in the future, you’ll want to add a fireplace to the top of the list of amenities to install. To learn more about your options or to find out what kind of fireplace would be best for you and your lifestyle, contact us today! We’re happy to help.
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5/9/2018 04:12:32 pm
My husband has been bugging me about installing a custom outdoor fireplace in our backyard. He said that, since the weather is clearing up, we could start having relaxing evenings outside with the heat coming from a fireplace and cooking some barbecue. He's been having a hard time convincing me, but I like that you mentioned that it can give us the coziest nights while reading a good book and having countless activities near it. Thanks for the ideas!
9/9/2019 01:41:52 am
There are plenty of great benefits to having a fireplace in your home, and here are seven of them: 1 — Cozy Fires. 2 — A Romantic Setting. 3 — Warmth when the Electricity is Out. 4 – Fire for Cooking. 5 – Eco-Friendly Heating. 6 – Cut Energy Costs. 7 – Energy Independence.
5/27/2020 11:31:26 am
My husband and I love reading books in the living room after work, and we are thinking about putting a fireplace in to make it even cozier and more relaxing. Thanks for explaining that a fireplace will not only give us a cozy feeling but also will provide more warmth if there is an issue with our electricity or the power goes out. Having a fireplace would definitely give me peace of mind and I will share this information with my husband!
6/16/2020 11:10:19 am
I loved how you mentioned that you can have warmth in your home if the electricity goes out. My husband and I are wanting to get our living room renovated, and we were wondering if hiring a professional to install a fireplace for it would be beneficial. I really appreciate you helping me learn more about the benefits of adding a fireplace to your home!
7/13/2020 05:30:04 am
You have wonderfully mentioned the benefits of having a fireplace at home. It gives not only the cosy and warm environment but also several benefits like reduced energy costs, cooking on the heat source and many more. Thanks for such valuable information.
12/29/2020 07:22:22 pm
You make an interesting point that an outdoor fireplace is an excellent addition to our home as it provides comfort and warmth when the electricity goes out. I do like the idea of a fire keeping us warm when the electricity goes out or when we just want to snuggle in. I will definitely consider the costs of having an outdoor fireplace built for my home.
3/24/2021 01:36:12 pm
My uncle has been thinking about getting a fireplace for his home because he wants to get one that is made of wood. He would really like to get some help from a professional in order to get it made properly. I liked what you said about how his home can be warmer when there isn't any electricity.
5/26/2021 11:44:29 am
Thank you for mentioning that a fireplace fire is very cozy in your home. I just moved into an older home with a broken fireplace. I want to have cozy fires this winter, so I will find a fireplace repair service in my area.
7/15/2021 08:52:45 am
I love that you mentioned that a fireplace allows you to be less dependent on utility companies for your heating. My sister and I just moved to a home in a snowier area, but it wasn't built with a fireplace. We definitely are planning on investing in one to make the winters feel a little bit cozier.
8/15/2022 01:57:56 pm
Last week, we were talking about adding a fireplace to our house's building plan, but my wife's not thrilled with the idea yet. That's why I'll share with my wife your insight about how fireplaces could lower our energy bills. Thanks for the tips on how installing a fireplace in our home could be cost-effective in the long haul.
12/21/2022 09:20:53 am
Thank you for explaining that pellets can still give off that same cozy feeling as a wood burning fireplace. I've been really wanting a fireplace in our living room. I hadn't heard about this, but I think it could help to sell the idea to my husband.
3/17/2023 05:08:44 am
I liked how you wrote that the warmth of a fireplace allows you to have the coziest time during snowy gales. My friend wants to be warm with a heating stove. I should tell her to look for a contractor with years of experience in residential heating stoves.
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