There’s nothing more relaxing than cozying up to a warm fireplace on a dreary, winter night. To create the ultimate, relaxing retreat in your bedroom, you will need to make sure that your fireplace is safe to use. Depending on the style of fireplace you choose, you will need to accommodate for venting and heat output to make sure your fireplace is as safe as it is nice to look at. Regular visual inspections, as well as thorough seasonal inspections, are key in making sure your fireplace is safe to use, regardless of what room it calls home.
Choosing a Fireplace
There are three main types of fireplaces: wall mounted, freestanding, and portable. Each type of fireplace offers different benefits and operating features. Here is a brief overview of their features.
Wall Mounted Fireplaces
Wall mounted fireplaces are the most common. They are not mounted on the wall like a TV would be, but instead are mounted into the wall. They are often found in living rooms, family rooms, and indeed bedrooms as well. They are connected to the chimney and efficiently funnel the smoke up and out of the house. Wall mounted fireplaces leave it up to you to decide if you would like to add a mantle. Wall mounted fireplaces are available in wood burning, gas, and electric.
Freestanding fireplaces are ideal for remodeling projects. Instead of having to incorporate a freestanding fireplace into the wall, these convenient units can be attached to the wall, the ceiling, or simply incorporated into the design from the floor. They are available in wood burning, gas, or electric. If they are gas or wood burning, you will need to make sure there is a vent pipe attached to the ceiling that functions as a chimney. A freestanding fireplace is not safe in the bedroom without a venting system!
Lastly, a portable fireplace offers versatile, modular design. Feel free to move these fireplaces from room to room, or even apartment to apartment to suit your life! Portable fireplaces are ideal for those who live in small spaces, or move often, but aren’t willing to compromise on warmth and comfort! A freestanding fireplace is often electric, which means they do not require any venting or special installation. Simply plug them in, sit back, and relax! A portable fireplace is also safe for use in the bedroom as it does not emit a huge amount of heat. These fireplaces are more for creating ambiance, and a relaxing setting. Even small bedrooms can easily and safely accommodate a portable, electric fireplace.
Ventless vs. Vented Fireplaces
As mentioned above, proper ventilation is key in ensuring your fireplace is safe no matter what room it sits in. With a vented fireplace, all of the smoke, odour, and moisture are directed outside your home via vents. These fireplaces require more involved installation that can add to the cost of the project. Ventless fireplaces are designed to burn incredibly clean. However, they will not be perfect. Vent-free fireplaces are also more effective at providing heat. You can learn more about the features of both vented and ventless fireplaces here.
The safety of a fireplace in the bedroom depends completely upon choosing the right model for the space, installing it perfectly, and maintaining it regularly. To learn more about safely installing a fireplace in your bedroom, Contact Hamilton Home Comfort today!