Sitting before a crackling fire during the chilly winter and spring nights might be the first thing that comes to your mind when you consider the benefits of having a fireplace in your home. Fireplaces and stoves provide many advantages besides the luxurious warmth and added architectural value. Below are some of these benefits that you may not have contemplated:
Cooking: Imagining people cooking their meals over a wood-burning fireplace may remind you of something you have seen in classic movies, before the invention of electric or gas stoves. Whether you use it to warm up your soup during a power outage or go classic to cook meals occasionally, you can save money on your bills while the fire warms your home at the same time. This will be an experience that you can enjoy—imagining the olden days and delighting in the romantic and satisfactory feeling of tasting your homemade, woodstove-cooked food.
Eco-Friendly Heating: Wood is a renewable, sustainable resource; this is why wood harvesters in the U.S. are planting more trees than they cut down. Burning firewood does not add any more carbon to the environment than if the firewood decayed naturally, unlike fossil fuels, which release large amounts of carbon.
Lower Bills: Homeowners with a fireplace—while enjoying the same amount of heat—enjoy much lower heating bills than those who do not. The fireplace warmth emanating from your living room allows you to adjust the heating system in the rest of the home to lower levels, subsequently making you less dependent on utility companies and able to enjoy lower heating bills.
Romantic and Cozy Settings: Families and friends gather around the crackling fireplace during winter nights, parties, story time, Christmas, and power outages to enjoy a special sort of intimacy. No matter what the occasion, there is always a unique feeling of relaxation and coziness when sitting before a hissing and sputtering log—whether you are cuddling with your beloved partner sipping a glass of wine or lying reclined on a couch, reading your favorite book.
A fireplace is a great addition to your home. To be safe and to enjoy all the great benefits of your fireplace, bring a professional chimney sweep to clean and inspect your chimney once a year. If you would like to learn more about chimney sweep and fireplace safety tips, check out more of our blogs or contact us today.