When you think about a romantic experience on a cool evening it usually sounds something like this. A cup of hot chocolate, a cozy blanket by a crackling fire and maybe even a really good book. This has likely been the optimal relaxed cold day answer for decades. There is simply something about having a fireplace indoors that can’t be beat. There is a particular kind of warmth that wood heat provides, as well as the potential cost savings over other sources, though this depends on where you live, and the accessibility of fuel.
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Modern homes are more likely to have a gas fireplace instead of the old fashioned wood burning version, but efforts have been made to keep the romantic atmosphere and ambiance in tact. Technology will always initiate change, but it doesn’t look like the fireplace will ever go out of style. I think we have a bit of a love affair with the soft glow even if it comes from behind ceramic logs. Efficient heating is a high priority in any home and typically a major consideration in determining what will be used for long term heating. Often a primary and an emergency secondary heat source will be chosen for extremely cold locations that require the security of an option that will work when the power is out.
Make sure that if you use a standard wood burning fire place, you are prepared for the maintenance, such as chimney cleaning, ash disposal and potentially even smoke and fumes that enter the home. No one wants to have a chimney fire. These lovely units can be very messy. Using modern alternatives give you the look and feel of the traditional and well -loved version but don’t have the same downfalls. It is so wonderful that the way fire makes us feel can still be experienced no matter what option you choose for heat.
Many people keep one in their homes simply so they can enjoy the beauty on occasion and it isn’t essential for heating the home. This can also be achieved on patios and out in yards by creating beautiful fire rings, or fire pits that can be used for recreational enjoyment and for cooking. There are many creative ways to enjoy and experience inside and outside. Fire is one of the few home decorating elements that has remained desirable throughout time, and has been incorporated in the most simple and economic homes as much as in high end multi-billion dollar ones. Everyone loves to sit by the fire and chat with the family, play games, or simply bask in the quiet taking in the crackle and snap of wood and the comfort of the soft glowing embers.
If you have never had a fireplace in your home, it may be time to research the many easy to install options that can easily be added to just about any existing home. There is a fireplace for every budget, taste, and desire.