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Fireplaces have been a longstanding tradition for providing comfort indoors during the wintertime. But with the many options available in fireplaces, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the best one for your household’s needs.

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Below, we discuss the three main fireplace types – wood, gas, and electric – in detail to help make this decision easier for you!

Wood Fireplaces Create a Beautiful Ambiance But Require Physical Effort

Traditional wood-burning fireplaces are the best way to create that warm, crackling fire and wood-smelling aroma. Although creating a wood burning fire requires more physical work with lighting a fire than the other options, the ambiance it creates is definitely worth it!

Efficient wood fireplaces that are airtight and prevent heat from escaping can easily heat your entire living quarters. Another major benefit of owning a wood fireplace includes having a stable source of heat regardless of whether the power goes out!

Different wood creates different types of fires – ie. long-burning, extra aromatic, etc. The options regarding the type of wood to burn means you are free to create your own ambiance.

However, wood fireplaces do require you to always have a wood supply on hand. In addition, extra caution needs to be taken around this type of fire since ashes can easily re-spark.

Annual maintenance is normally required for insurance reasons. If your damper does not close sufficiently and drafts occur, you may find your utility bills increasing.

Gas Fireplaces Provide Convenience at the Touch of a Switch (but Can be Costly)

For quick, easy access to a fire using a switch, thermostat, or remote, gas fireplaces provide the solution! Even when the power goes out, your gas fireplace can be used to keep you warm.

Besides being efficient and requiring minimum maintenance, you can zone heat with a gas fireplace. This means you can switch off the central heating system and turn on the gas fireplace in the room desired.

Gas fireplace installation can be high, and even more so if you need to install a gas line, too. Unlike wood-burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces lack the sound and smell of aromatic firewood.

Electric Fireplaces: A Significant Heat Provider, but Not Without the Cost!

As the most significant heat provider, electric fireplaces are easy to install and source. Because they only require a plug, electric fireplaces are a convenient heat solution for locations that cannot accommodate other types of fireplaces.

However, since they create fake fires, they don’t look as natural as a wood fireplace. Also, they tend to be more costly, and don’t work during power outages.

Finding a style that matches your décor can sometimes be more difficult with electric fireplaces versus gas or wood-burning fireplaces.

Contact Hamilton Home Comfort for Your Fireplace Needs!

Looking for the best fireplace installer in the area? Then look no further than Hamilton Home Comfort!

Whether we are installing, repairing or servicing a wood, gas or electric fireplace for you, you can count on us to provide the best in quality products and service.

Contact us today to discuss your fireplace options with us!