It was an ice storm of epic proportions. Trees looked like glass sculptures. Every surface was gilded in icicles. Cars were entombed in a layer of ice that seemed impenetrable. The city was in darkness.
February 2015 has seen some record-breaking temperatures, and this winter has borne with it some immense amounts of snow in some parts of North America.
As part of the process when you begin thinking about getting a fireplace for your home is to decide what you need. Do you need a fireplace, or a fireplace insert? To choose, you need to know the difference between a fireplace and an insert in the first place.
Gas Fireplaces need an annual inspection in order to keep up to snuff. This is a very important practice, which many people overlook. Because gas fireplaces burn clean and are very easy to take care of, some assume that this means it doesn’t need cleaning.
After attending a conference about fireplaces and the new products in the industry, I found out that few people knew about the benefits of Direct Vent Fireplaces. Oddly enough, I thought everyone knew about the higher efficiency and the higher quality air they provided.
It’s springtime and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. Often overlooked is your wood fireplace. But spring cleaning your wood-burning fireplace is not only easy but will give you the satisfaction of knowing that even the dirtiest place in your home is spotless.
Whether it is used as a focal point or tucked thoughtfully in a corner, a fireplace can add ambiance and value to many spaces in the home. As a home designer for over 25 years, I have found that careful consideration must go into placing a fireplace into a design.
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