Which Type of Fireplace is Right for Your Home?

The pros and cons of the three most common types of fireplaces: wood-burning, gas and electric.

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Wood-burning

Pros: Nothing beats the sound, smell and sight of a crackling fire in a traditional fireplace, transforming your home into the rustic retreat of your dreams.

Cons: Maintenance — there’s the acquiring and chopping of wood, the ash and soot cleanup, plus regular servicing and inspections by a chimney sweep.

 

Gas

Pros: With the click of a button, you’ve got instant coziness and warmth.

Cons: It can add too much warmth, requiring you to turn it off after the room has been sufficiently heated and losing the ambience. And, if you need to add a gas line, it can be costly 
to install.

 

Electric

Pros: If you have a spare outlet, you can have an electric fireplace, the most affordable and easy-to-maintain pick of the bunch.

Cons: They don’t produce as much heat as gas, and the virtual flames don’t have nearly the same visual impact as the real deal, or even gas options.

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This article appears in the October 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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