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On a cold winter day, something magical happens when you light a fire. The fireplace not only creates a warm and cozy atmosphere, it also is an excellent source for heat. Another huge benefit of having a fireplace is that it will actually help increase the value of a home. It used to be that fireplaces were built pretty much the same. However, the styles available today are amazing!

If thinking about adding a fireplace to your home, you need to consider several things to make the right choice. To ensure you make an educated decision, consider some of the options available:

Pre-engineered Wood-burning Fireplace

Many homeowners who are building a new home or those who want to remodel will consider this type of fireplace for a number of reasons. First, it is easy to install, very affordable, lightweight, and looks like a real masonry fireplace. Being completely insulated, this particular fireplace can be installed within one inch of any combustible materials. Considering that you can buy one of these for $400 to $600, it is easy to see why it is such a popular option. Most come with gas logs or a gas lighter kit as well.

Gas Fireplace

Gas-burning fireplaces are loved by homeowners around the world. Not only is this type of fireplace easy to use but they are beautiful and affordable. Designed to work with gas logs, you will enjoy efficient operation that helps keep the energy bill down. Depending on the unit you buy, you can also buy unit that are self-contained, meaning they have glass doors and blowers that help circulate the warm air more evenly throughout the room. These features can actually help reduce your heating bill by as much as 60%.

If you are remodeling your home, a gas-burning fireplace is indeed the way to go. Typically, this type of fireplace can be installed with little modification, making it an excellent choice. The average cost will run from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on your choice.

Gas Lighter Kit

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, a gas starter kit can save you tons of time! This type of kit is attached to a gas line that is then installed inside the fireplace. Once the wood logs are set inside, all you do is turn the gas on for a few minutes to get the fire going and then shut it off to allow the wood to burn on its own. In most cases, you can hire a plumber to install the line.

Gas Log System

This is very popular for people with existing wood-burning fireplaces who are interested in having a fire without the cost and mess of wood. These systems are installed inside the fireplace and come with ceramic logs that look amazingly real. To have a fire, all you do is turn the gas on and the fire is blazing. Since this type of fire is an immediate on and off, you can manage the temperature in the room easier. Typically, good ceramic logs will run about $500 but they are designed to hold the heat so even when the gas is turned off, you still feel the heat.
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