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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Fireplace

5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Fireplace

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Your fireplace warms you up during the chilly months and is also an aesthetic focal point in your home. Many homes are equipped with older fireplaces, and while these appliances add a rustic charm to your space, they also pose several risks that can increase your safety hazards and energy bills. If you have an older fireplace, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer model. A new fireplace comes with many benefits for your home. 

If you want to preserve the atmosphere your traditional fireplace provides without the safety risks and intensive maintenance, consider investing in something new. Updated fireplaces have advanced efficiency and safety options, making them ideal for homeowners who want to save money and improve the safety of their household. A modern fireplace can also be customized to complement your home and bring out all your favorite design features. You'll enjoy your fireplace more when it fits your design tastes and improves your quality of life. 

Here are five benefits of upgrading your fireplace. 

1. Improved Energy Efficiency

Older, traditional fireplaces are much less energy-efficient than newer models. Technological advances have allowed us to develop highly efficient fireplaces that reduce energy use while effectively heating your home. Older models are prone to heat loss — they let heat escape through the chimney, where it dissipates and is wasted. Modern combustion or direct venting systems maximize your energy efficiency. They use less fuel to work and heat your home with fewer losses. 

Consider investing in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-certified fireplace. EPA-certified fireplaces are up to 50% more efficient than older models, and they use one-third less wood than older models while producing the same amount of heat. EPA-certified models are much more efficient than traditional wood fireplaces, combining the most advanced technologies for a better fireplace experience. Upgrading to a more efficient fireplace will reduce energy costs and make your home more comfortable. You'll maximize your fireplace heating while minimizing your energy usage each year. 

2. Increased Safety

The older and more traditional your fireplace model, the higher the safety risks. Traditional wood-burning fireplace models emit harmful particles as they burn. These harmful particulates can pose significant health risks for children, pregnant people and older adults. Additionally, anyone with a health condition like asthma or heart and lung disease can see an aggravation of their symptoms when they breathe these particles in. Getting a cleaner model like gas or electric fireplaces will reduce the damaging health effects caused by older fireplaces. 

Getting a new fireplace improves your home's safety along with your health. Older wood fireplaces come with risks like smoke, sparks and accidental burns. Swapping your old model out can reduce these risks and make your home safer. Electric and gas fireplaces have no open flames, reducing these safety risks. Since their fuel process involves no wood, you won't have to worry about sparks and smoke from open flames. 

Additionally, many newer fireplaces come with enhanced safety technology. While electric and gas fireplaces eliminate the danger of an open flame, the more recent models have built-in safety mechanisms for even safer use. You can get fireplaces with cool-touch surfaces and automatic shut-off designs to keep your household even safer when using the fireplace. With gas or electric fireplaces, your home will be and healthier and safer place to live in. 

Updated Design

3. Updated Design

Installing a new fireplace improves your health, lowers energy bills and allows you to invest in a fresh design style. Tastes change over time, and buying a new fireplace allows you to select a model that complements your home's aesthetic and gives the space an updated look. With modern materials and technology, you have more fireplace options than ever. Consider going for wall-mounted or two-sided fireplaces — these models update your home's look without sacrificing comfort. 

Traditional fireplaces might make your home look dated. Try installing a gas or electric fireplace if you want to swap yours out for something more modern and efficient. They have all the conveniences of modern fireplaces while allowing you to reuse your existing fireplace shape. Customize the lines, colors and mantel for a fireplace that's uniquely you. A fresh fireplace will breathe new life into your space while allowing you to design your home exactly as you want it. 

4. Greater Convenience

Looks, safety and efficiency are just a few of the benefits you can expect when you update your fireplace. Newer models bring increased convenience to your fireplace use. Older wood-burning fireplaces require lots of regular, intensive maintenance. You'll need to buy and store firewood to ensure you always have heat, which takes time and space. Additionally, older fireplaces necessitate regular chimney cleaning to prevent buildup and keep them running as efficiently as possible. You'll have to keep paying for chimney-cleaning services if you want your fireplace in peak condition. 

Choosing a modern fireplace means accessing all the conveniences technological advancements have made possible. Both gas and electric options eliminate the need for chimney cleaning, allowing you more control over your fireplace's temperature and ignition. With greater heat control, faster ignition and less-intensive maintenance, you'll spend more time relaxing and enjoying your fireplace than ever. Electric and gas fireplace maintenance is still essential for a longer-lasting unit, but maintenance for these appliances is less stressful than traditional fireplace upkeep. 

5. Increased Home Value

Fireplaces bring warmth and sophistication to a space. Many potential homebuyers look for fireplaces when trying to find their next home. Investing in a new, energy-efficient fireplace can make your home more appealing to future buyers while making your space more comfortable in the present. Older fireplaces are more cost-intensive and risky than newer fireplaces — keeping your existing model might hurt your chances with homebuyers since they involve more upkeep and safety hazards. However, a new, modern fireplace draws the eye and makes your home look more expensive and refined to anyone coming inside. 

Energy-efficient fireplaces are even better for increasing home value. Since they use less fuel, burn cleaner and reduce costs and safety risks, they're a big hit with environmentally conscious buyers. Going green is more popular than ever — you can attract an even bigger buyer pool to your home if you can market your home's environmentally friendly features, like an updated fireplace. 

Elevate Your Home With Fireplaces From Keystone's Fireplace & Stove

Elevate Your Home With Fireplaces From Keystone's Fireplace & Stove 

At Keystone's Fireplace & Stove, we strive to provide all our clients with safe, stylish fireplaces to suit all their needs. We know how overwhelming fireplace shopping can be, so we offer services for all your fireplace needs. We'll handle your gas, wood, electric or pellet home fireplace installation or work with you to complete your fireplace makeover. Our expert team will work with you to get the right fireplace for your home. 

If you're interested in scheduling an appointment or a free estimate, contact us online to get started today!


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