You would love to install a fireplace in your home. Nothing is better on a cold, winter day than sitting around a nice warm, glowing fire. However, you may wish sometimes that an open-hearth fireplace put out a little more heat or didn’t use up so much fuel. At The Chimney Guy, we may have the solution for you. If you are looking for a more efficient fireplace without giving up the ambiance of an open-hearth fireplace, we have a wide selection of other fireplace options for you.

Prefabricated Fireplaces

Prefabricated fireplaces today have a look similar to an open-hearth fireplace. However, they do not feel like one. This is because they actually put out a lot more heat than an older fireplace. Prefabricated fireplaces are a closed system. This means that the firebox is surrounded by a metal enclosure with a glass door in its front. This enclosure is designed to push heat out towards living areas, instead of up and out of the chimney, like an open hearth system, making it much more efficient. At The Chimney Guy, we have a nice selection of prefabricated fireplaces for you to choose from with a variety of design options.

Fuel Type

There are three main options when choosing a fuel type for your prefabricated fireplace. All fuel types work well, but people have different preferences based on their situation. For example, if you do not have time, energy, or the material to collect wood and build a fire, you might want to consider a gas fireplace. Gas fireplaces use natural gas and can usually be turned on with a flip of a switch. On the other hand, some people desire the ambiance of a real wood fire. The crackling of the logs and the soft glow of a dying fire are hard to beat. Plus, if you have a supply of wood available to you, wood fireplaces are incredibly cheap to operate. Finally, electric fireplaces also have a lot to offer in ease of use and low costs. However, you don’t get a real fire with an electric fireplace.

Heating Costs

One main reason that people like prefabricated fireplaces is because of their efficiency. A lot of the times homeowners will place their fireplace in a commonly used room and then decide to keep their fireplace running in that room and turn down the heat in the rest of their home. This is a good way to keep warm in the rooms that you are commonly occupying without using heat in rooms that you might not use too often.

Remember, even though there are “how-to” videos online, installing a prefabricated fireplace can be tricky and hazardous if installed correctly. If you are in the market for an efficient fireplace, call The Chimney Guy today at 920-830-1920 or set up an appointment online today.