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Choosing The Right Fireplace For Your Home
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


There are several important things to consider before selecting a fireplace for your home. The three most important factors are appearance, size and the material in which the fireplace is made of. Stone, tile, marble, brick, wood, and concrete are the most common materials. You can also choose between electric, gas, propane and cast iron. To create the appearance you are looking for, a mix of materials can be added to your selection.

Fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes. Traditional wood-burning fireplaces are slowly being replaced by clean-burning fireplaces, but many people still appreciate the crackling sound of real wood burning. However, traditional wood burning fireplaces are designed with an open face. Be prepared for more maintenance and a certain amount of heat loss due to this. Clean –burning fireplaces, on the other side, are the most efficient in wood burning and also easier to maintain...more

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Chimney and Fireplace Maintenance
For those of you that own a fireplace, it is extremely important that you keep up with chimney maintenance. Special care is required to ensure that smoke and flue gases are properly vented. It is important to keep your fireplace safe by having a professional inspection and

cleaning at least once a year. Keep in mind, the main purpose of a chimney is to vent the products of combustion from your home. The products of combustion contain hazardous and noxious gasses, including carbon monoxide. Inadequate venting can lead to a spread of carbon monoxide...more

Electric Fireplaces
Electric fireplaces are the easier, maintenance friendly alternative to the traditional wood-burning, gas and propane fireplaces. They make it possible for people to enjoy a fireplace within an apartment, condo or office building. Also, the environment enjoys electric fireplaces

because they are pollution free, yet they look very similar to wood or gas fireplaces. Electric fireplaces provide fast heat and can be turned off at night to save electricity. Installation is very easy and they can be placed almost anywhere where there is a plug and a wall. Many models are...more

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