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What Fireplace is Right for You?

couple-fireplace-warmEspecially here in Minnesota, where winter is particularly cold, having a fireplace to keep you warm and toasty is definitely a luxury. Fireplaces have been around for centuries and are still widely used today — and for good reason! There is nothing quite like curling up in front of a fire with your loved ones during a cold, winter night. Plus, fireplaces offer a warm, glow that can truly add to the overall aesthetics of your home.

Fireplace installation in St. Paul, MN can definitely be a worthwhile investment, especially if you’re getting quite sick of turning your heater way up in the winter. Of course, with so many options on the market today, it can be hard to select the right fireplace for your home. Fortunately, with the help of the right technicians, you’ll be able to install the fireplace that best meets your needs. But, in the meantime, we have provided a list highlighting some popular fireplace options. Keep reading below to learn more. 

Your Fireplace Options

If you are hoping to install a fireplace in your home, it is best to be aware of your options. Here at 2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc., for example, we install:

Gas Fireplaces

The first type of fireplace to consider is a gas fireplace. Gas fireplaces are quite popular because they are highly efficient and effective. Gas fireplaces also do not lead to the build-up of creosote, the material that can cause chimney fires. Gas fireplaces require annual preventative maintenance services, including a full inspection and sweeping. In general, natural gas is often inexpensive and is easily accessible compared to other fuel sources.

Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are growing in popularity across the country, mostly because they are extremely efficient. Additionally, they do not require the same annual services as other types of fireplaces. Of course, annual maintenance is key to a long and successful service life, however, annual chimney inspection and cleaning services are not required simply because electric fireplaces do not need chimneys due to the lack of combustion byproducts.  So, if you live in an area where electricity is relatively cheap, consider an electric fireplace.

Wood Burning Fireplaces

A wood burning fireplace is the most traditional fireplace option on the market. There is nothing quite like the sound of crackling wood, the smell of campfire and the pure heat that a real fire has to offer. Of course, your wood burning fireplace is going to need annual inspections and chimney cleanings to ensure safety and efficiency. Additionally, you are going to have to make sure you always have a fresh supply of firewood to get you through the winter.

But No Matter What…

Contact a professional! Before you make any final decisions, it is best to consult with a professional fireplace technician to determine exactly which fireplace is going to best meet your home’s unique needs.

Installing a new fireplace is never a job to trust to an amateur. Be sure to hire a pro to get the job done right the first time.

If you are interested in installing a new fireplace, contact the experts at 2nd Generations Chimneys, Inc. 

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