For homes that are located in areas with extremely cold winter months, a fireplace can be a convenient way of improving the comfort of those in the house by providing a strong source of warmth. If your home does not already have a fireplace installed and you are considering adding one, there are several factors that you will want to appreciate and consider as you work your way through this process.
Consider Where The Fireplace Will Be Located In The Home
Where the fireplace is located in the home can be a factor that will determine the way that the heat from it impacts the home. For those that are wanting the fireplace to warm as much of the house as possible, it can be ideal to place it in a room that is near the center of the house on the bottom floor. This will allow for the heat to travel through as much of the home as possible before it escapes or dissipates.
Decide Whether A Gas, Electric Or Wood-Burning Fireplace Will Suit Your Home The Best
Homeowners may initially want a classic, wood-burning fireplace. However, this can be one of the least efficient and most maintenance-intensive types of fireplaces. In contrast, homeowners may find that electric fireplaces will require the least amount of maintenance, but they may have relatively low heat output. Gas fireplaces can be a nice balance between ease of care while still being an efficient source of heat for the home. However, gas fireplaces will have the disadvantage of needing to have a gas line installed in order for them to have access to a fuel source.
Update Your Insurance Policy To Reflect The Addition Of The Fireplace
A fireplace can change both the value of a home and its risk profile. This can lead to a strong need for homeowners to invest the time into upgrading their insurance coverage. Otherwise, their home may not be fully protected from potential sources of damage. In some instances, an insurance policy may even be deemed void if a major upgrade is made to the home without the insurance company being notified about it. Additionally, some insurance policies will require special coverage to be purchased while contractors are actively working on the home. Thoroughly reviewing all of your insurance policy's requirements can be a useful way of assessing the steps that you will need to take to ensure that you remain fully covered while and after this upgrade is made to the house.
To learn more, contact a fireplace installation contractor.