With the advent of heating technology and the rise of high-def televisions and gaming computers, it’s easy to understand why fireplaces went something out of fashion. They were no longer necessary to generate heat, and residents had so many other things to focus on than flames and building a fire. Old wood-burning fireplaces were seen as inefficient, frustrating to maintain, and the dirt and ashes they created were an unnecessary headache.
But many people still balk at completely removing the fireplace from a house, while others refuse to even be shown a house without one. There’s something about a hearth that naturally draws the eye and makes us feel comfortable. Thankfully, you no longer need to feel stuck with a messy and inefficient wood-burning option. Check out these 3 benefits to upgrading to modern fireplaces:
- Update your home’s appearance. Central home fires have been a staple of housing design for thousands of years of human history. It’s a quintessential home staple, but that doesn’t mean it has to look like an ugly monstrosity taking over your living room. Today’s modern fireplaces feature clean and cohesive lines with easy-to-use gas and/or electric hook-ups. No matter what your goals are for home interior design, there’s a modern fireplace ready to compliment your existing style so that you can incorporate it into your home’s updated appearance without it taking over the look.
- Increase your home’s value. Like we said earlier, people love having a fireplace. A recent study by the National Association of Realtors found that a whopping 40% of homebuyers would pay more for a home with a fireplace — an average of $1,400 more. This goes doubly true for gas and electric fireplaces that are more energy efficient and receive the eco-friendly stamp.
- Enhance home safety. If you have small children or pets, a traditional wood burning fireplace can be a big home hazard. It’s a dark, sooty place you don’t want them hiding out in, and when you have a roaring fire, there’s a risk of screens being moved and pushed over and kids or small pets getting too close to the fire. Modern fireplaces with gas or electric inserts eliminates such a threat. These models are completely enclosed so that no children or pets can get near where the flames are. This allows everyone to enjoy the beauty of a fire without the inherent dangers.
If you want to enjoy a fireplace but hate your current wood-burning option, then it’s time to check out the modern options available. At Ortal Heat we have hundreds of new models and designs to fit every home style. Vist our website today an contact us to learn more.