Enjoy extra-cozy heating with the right fireplace
As fall's crisp air turns into winter's chill, there's one surefire way to get cozy ��� and stay that way. Adding a fireplace to your home means you always have an easy way to warm up the space, keeping yourself and your family comfortable while boosting the relaxing ambience. Fireplaces come in a lot of different designs, though, and it's important to understand the functions and benefits of the various heating types before you make your selection. Consider the following as you shop for your new fireplace.
These freestanding electric heaters resemble traditional fireplaces in many ways with their rustic logs and flickering flames. Many often have full surrounds that look like traditional mantels and hearths. However, those logs and flames aren't real, and there isn't an actual fire burning. Instead, these fireplaces plug directly into a wall outlet, meaning there's no combustion and smoke to worry about and no fire to tend.
Electric fireplaces have a number of benefits, the first being their easy plug-and-play operation. They're ideal if you want the option to move the fireplace to a different room in your home. Many models also come with a "flame only" option, so you get the look of the fire for ambience without all the heat ��� great in warmer weather. Electric inserts are also available. If you have an older fireplace with a worn firebox you don't want to replace, simply install an insert to begin using it again. Look for models with remote control operation for added ease of use.
Looking for an energy-efficient option? A gas fireplace may work well for you. These fireplaces run on natural gas and propane, which are both highly cost-effective fuels. Like electric models, these are also easy to operate, and they don't require you to stock wood or clean up ashes after every use. However, they also create real flames as they burn gas, which is a nice touch if you're looking for more authenticity.
Unlike electric models, though, some gas fireplaces do have particular installation requirements because they release emissions. You can choose a vented design, which diverts the emissions outside your home but requires a contractor to install exhaust pipes, or you can choose a vent-free model. Vent-less designs pipe the emissions back into your living space. They're very clean burning, but it's important to look for a vent-free fireplace that has an oxygen shutoff sensor. If these sensors detect lowered oxygen levels in your space, they automatically shut the fireplace down. Keep in mind, too, that vent-less fireplaces aren't permitted in some areas. Check with your city or county to be sure before making a purchase.
When you want to install a fireplace in a smaller room, a wall-mounted design is a great space saver. These models don't take up floor space like freestanding models do. Instead, they hang from your wall, and most plug into electrical outlets for easy setup and installation. It's important to look at clearance requirements as you shop for this type of fireplace. Because the entire unit sits directly next to the wall and emits heat in all directions, it's important to avoid placing a wall-mounted fireplace too close to other furniture, decor items, and electronics. If you plan to place a wall-mounted TV over the fireplace, for example, you'll want to be sure it's safe to install it where you desire. Read product descriptions carefully to determine clearance ��� and plan out the placement of the fireplace ��� before making your decision.
Protecting your investment
A fireplace plays an important role in keeping your home comfortable, and you want to ensure you get the most use out of it for years to come. That's why it's helpful to safeguard your purchase with a Walmart Protection Plan. When you add a fireplace to your cart, you may have the option to add on one of our plans that's powered by Allstate. Lasting either two or three years, depending on what you choose, your plan includes benefits such as:
- Coverage for mechanical and electrical failures
- Coverage for common malfunctions
- Coverage for failures during normal use or from normal wear and tear
- 24/7 customer support
- An easy online claims-filing process
- Fast repairs and replacement
You'll appreciate the added peace of mind knowing your fireplace is protected ��� it'll be even easier to relax in front of that cozy glow.