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How to Choose the Right Fireplace for Your Home


Adding a fireplace insert to your home is a great way to add resale value, as well as increase the coziness factor during colder months. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and cuddle up with someone special by the flickering flames, or keep warm while saving on your heating bill. Whatever the reason or the season, knowing how to choose a fireplace that will meet your unique needs is a good place to start. Aqua Rec’s can help you find the perfect gas, wood-burning, or electric fireplaces in Washington.

Types of Fireplace Inserts

Fireplace inserts are more efficient at producing and directing heat than a traditional fireplace because the heat is not escaping through the chimney. Plus, a fireplace insert can easily be added to your home without any major construction.

When choosing a fireplace insert, the first thing to decide is which heating method you prefer. There are pros and cons to each of these types, so it will depend on your personal needs and style.

Electric Fireplaces 

Electric fireplace inserts are comparatively inexpensive to purchase and to run. They can be installed quickly and easily and require little to no maintenance. Plus, they are completely safe, even for pets and small children, because the glass and frame never get too hot to touch. 

If you are looking for a fireplace that will produce large amounts of heat, an electric fireplace may not be for you. However, when used to supplement other heating methods, rather than replace them, electric fireplaces are a great option. On the con side, they are not as environmentally friendly as other options and do not produce a real flame.

Gas Fireplaces

Gas fireplace inserts are environmentally friendly and have real flames, which enables them to heat a room more quickly and effectively. This can potentially save your furnace from a lot of work and lower your heating bill. They are also easy to maintain once they have been properly installed.

These inserts cost more to install and run than electric fireplaces, and the glass doors can potentially become hot enough to burn. You should also consider the dangers of a possible gas leak and not attempt to install a gas fireplace insert yourself. A professional from Aqua Rec’s can safely install your gas fireplace in Washington and make sure it is both up to code and safe for your home.

Wood-Burning Fireplaces

Thanks to Smart Burn Technology (SBT) used in wood-burning fireplaces like the Quadra-Fire Pioneer III, you can enjoy the look of a traditional wood fireplace with real flames, but better. You can use SBT to control the amount of air going into your fireplace, similar to setting a thermostat. Plus, it can burn for up to 18 hours with a full load of wood.

Heat Your Home in Style with Aqua Rec’s

Check out our beautiful variety of fireplaces or visit one of Aqua Rec’s five convenient locations in the Puget Sound area to see the best fireplaces for sale in Washington.