Are you currently thinking about adding a fireplace to your home? Whether for aesthetic or heating purposes, a fireplace can certainly cut down on some of your electricity expenditures during the colder winter months. This is especially true if you live in a location where it snows frequently. Naturally, there are a few things to consider when adding a fireplace to a home that is already constructed. Keep reading to learn more.

Location

Many homeowners want to install their fireplaces at the heart of the home. This seems to be the ideal location for effective heat distribution and aesthetic appeal. Another popular location is where the family often gathers, such as the living room. Yet, there is more to consider regarding the location. For instance, you need to think about ventilation or even a chimney. Something needs to pull out all the fumes from the fireplace.

How Often You Might Use It

If you plan to use your fireplace during the colder, winter months, then it is vital to understand how to maintain it as well. It’s one thing to simply use your fireplace once a quarter, it’s another thing if you plan for daily use during the fall and winter. You will want to know some general fireplace maintenance if you feel you want to go all out and get a functional fireplace added to your home. For instance, you need to make sure the ventilation system is clear of any blockages. And, you want to remove built-up burnt material on a regular basis to keep the smoke clean from any harmful gases.

Safety

While a fireplace is both beautiful and cost-effective, you certainly want to make safety a priority if children are in the home. For starters, use a fireplace cover at all times. It should be a cover that is made of iron. In addition, some cities have regulations that mandate a fireplace screen. It also goes without saying that consistent cleaning and maintenance contribute to a safer fireplace.

Just because the fire is enclosed does not mean an explosion can’t occur or that smoke won’t overwhelm your home if the ventilation system isn’t working properly. Moreover, teach everyone in your household about what should and shouldn’t be placed in the fireplace and how far to stay away from the grate when the fire is lit.

While a fireplace is a beautiful addition to any home, it does require some careful thought and planning before you commit to a full installation. Let Foster Green LLC help!