One of the nostalgic smells of fall and winter is the scent of a fireplace in the crisp cold air. Fireplaces are a great addition to many homes, service both as a heating source, and a room design enhancement. If you are thinking about adding a fireplace to your home or fixing up a fireplace you already have, there are numerous benefits for you.
Here are four ways a fireplace can enhance your home.
Adding a fireplace to your home can increase its value by 6-12 percent, according to the National Center for Real Estate Research. Fireplaces can completely change the look of a room. Design wise, fireplaces command the attention of the place they are in, which is how it can alter the look of a room completely. Adding a mantel and beautiful overlay enhance the fireplace even more, quickly making it the focal point of the room.
If you decide to add a see-through fireplace, you will change the look of two different rooms, while also giving both rooms access to heat.
Lower Heating Costs
Wood fireplaces can help reduce heating costs by providing heat that is cheap to free. If you have a working fireplace, you can lower the temperature of your thermostat and use the fireplace instead. If you have an open floor plan, a fireplace is a great option for heating a large space without having to depend on your thermostat.
When you are planning to build a fireplace, consider making it in the room that is used most by your family if you are installing a wood-burning fireplace so that you can reduce your heating costs.
Gas burning fireplaces are easily able to be installed in almost any room of the house, which gives more flexibility to where you want a fireplace to go.
During the spring and fall, when the weather fluctuates quite a bit, fireplaces can help people warm keep their heaters off for more extended periods of time.
For places that get a lot of snow or have long winters, fireplaces are not only good for helping to lower heating costs; they can keep you warm in case of any utility outages from severe weather.
The Calming Effect
Fire has a natural calming effect on most people, and that phenomenon makes sitting around a fire peaceful and relaxing. Whether you are outside at a bonfire, sitting around a campfire, making s’mores, or sitting around a fireplace with your family or friends, a fire has a natural soothing effect.
By adding a fireplace to your house, you can enhance the peace and deep tranquility of your space at any time by lighting a fire.
Costs are Minimal
Surprising to a lot of people, having a fireplace installed is less expensive than people think. There are many different factors that go into determining how much a fireplace installation will cost, but the average fireplace installation costs around 2,000 dollars.
The amount of money you will save on reduced heating costs will quickly pay for the value of the installation, which makes adding a fireplace a natural choice for many people.
Adding a fireplace to your home can be a low-cost way to not only add to the value of your home but also to help you save money by lowering your heating expenses. For a lot of people, the benefits of having a fireplace make it well worth the cost of installation.
If you are set on adding a fireplace, your next step is to decide which type of fireplace you want, to plan the space where you want it to be, and then to contact a contractor who can help make your dream fireplace happen.
Once your fireplace is installed and designed how you want it, you can plan to enjoy its benefits for many years to come. Fireplaces are a long-lasting solution that is both affordable and valuable.