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Fireplace Package Buying Guide

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Ingram’s Water and Air carries a full line of electric, natural gas, liquid propane, and vent-free fireplaces. If you have questions about them, this Fireplace Package Buyer’s Guide has the answers.

Fireplace Heating
A century ago, the traditional fireplace was the primary heat generator for most homes in North America. Local wood provided fuel and families would spend winter huddled around the crackling hearth.

While a wood-burning fireplace certainly adds a lot of atmosphere to a home, modern heating and air systems operate much more effectively than the traditional fireplace ever did and without the concurrent smoke pollution or damage. Luckily, technology now allows us to have it both ways. Modern fireplace packages provide great heating comfort and aesthetic value while avoiding the unpleasant side effects of wood burning.

Currently, a number of companies are producing easy-to-install, clean and efficient fireplace packages that create the appeal of a traditional fireplace while using electricity, natural gas, or another modern fuel. These fireplace packages don’t pollute the interior environment and, when equipped with a good blower, can heat an ample amount of space. If you use electric heat during winter, a fireplace reliant on natural gas or liquid propane fuel is also a good way to ensure reliable heat supply during an electrical outage.

A modern fireplace package can be a great way to get effective, clean heat for a single room or series of rooms in your home. Browse the offerings here on the Ingram’s Water and Air site and if you have any questions, just ask.

Electric Fireplaces
If you want the aesthetic appeal of an antique fireplace without the soot from wood-burning, then you may be interested in an electric fireplace. The modern electric fireplace is basically an electric heater set inside an attractive cabinet. The flames aren’t real, so there is no danger of fire and no smoke to inhale. There are a lot of different looks available, so homeowners can pick the electric fireplace that will look best with their current interior decor.

An electric fireplace provides some advantages even other modern fireplace packages don’t. For example, no matter how much you love the look of a fireplace, you wouldn’t want to run a natural gas fireplace package during summer. With some electric fireplace packages, you can turn off the heat generation and simply enjoy the appeal of authentic looking charred oak, glowing ember bed, and faux flame. This kind of versatility also allows homeowners to more easily manage their winter utility costs while still enjoying the ambiance of a fireplace whenever they want.

So, what should you look for in an electric fireplace package?

Electric fireplace technology is relatively perfected. There aren’t any ‘paradigm-breaking’ innovations. Basically, we recommend you pick an electric fireplace with a look you like and in a price range you can afford, then, when you get it home, plug it in and enjoy.

Gas or LP Fireplaces
A modern gas fireplace can be a great addition to any home. They provide the traditional, aesthetic appeal of a crackling hearth without the soot, smoke or pollution of actually burning wood inside your home. Modern gas fireplaces are relatively easy to install, reliable enough to provide years of steady operation, and packed with features to make them safe for your family. If you’ve been interested in a fireplace package for your living room or den, now might be the right time to pick up a gas fireplace.

For example, most typical gas fireplace packages are delivered ready to go. All the homeowner has to do is figure out where they want to put the fireplace, make sure there is proper clearance all around, and plumb the gas supply. Remodeling or chimney construction is not required for many gas packages. If you need someone to help you install it, the only real work they’ll have to do is make sure a gas line runs to where you need it. Otherwise, it’s simply a matter of setting the unit in position, hooking it up, and turning it on. Simple.

And don’t worry about safety. A modern gas fireplace package has more safety features than your typical sedan. Many use a “safe watch” pilot assembly. If the pilot light ever goes out, the assembly automatically cuts the gas flow. Meanwhile, an oxygen depletion sensor, standard in nearly every model, turns off the flame if interior oxygen levels drop below A.N.S.I. standard.

A gas fireplace package can also be a great way to ensure reliable heat in case of an emergency. If you use electric heat to keep your home comfortable in winter, that system goes out when the local power does. A natural gas fireplace will keep going, meaning your home stays warm.

Electric or Vent-Free Stoves
A cast iron stove might have the rustic look you love, but you also might not be crazy about burning actual wood inside your home. That’s perfectly understandable. Not only can wood-burning be dirty, but for small children or elderly adults it can be dangerous. Of course, as you probably already suspect if you read article titles, there is a way to get a great looking cast iron stove for your home without the associated wood-burning side effects. How, you ask?

Technology!

There are a lot of great electric or vent-free gas cast iron stoves available on the market right now and you can probably find something with a look you like. There are some differences between electric and vent-free you should bear in mind so you pick the unit that’s best for your lifestyle.

A typical electric cast iron stove looks exactly like a traditional cast iron stove, but there’s not actual fire inside. Instead, an electric stove uses realistic looking flame and charred logs to create the appeal of a stove without the fuss. One great benefit to this illusion is that you can operate an electric stove year round without the heat. Of course, if you do want extra heat, many electric stove models are equipped with circulating blowers to make them more effective.

A vent-free stove is similar to an electric stove in that it also uses a facade to give the effect of burning logs when the heat is actually coming from a different fuel. Since they typically burn natural gas or liquid propane, a good vent-free stove mounts a lot of safety features like a built-in oxygen deprivation sensor and automatic gas shut off valve. They can also run during a power outage to keep your home safe and warm.

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