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Laura Streitman says deciding to install three wood-burning fireplace inserts in her Butler County home was not a tough decision.

“It was the cost,” she says about heating the all-electric home. “The first bill we got, I think, was about $650.”

When it comes to fireplaces, the options truly are endless - both for existing fireplaces or those being installed from scratch. Choices range from Gas and wood freestanding stoves and zero-clearance pre-fabricated fireplace. Most are manufactured from steel components and can be placed just about anywhere in the home.

Many consumers are still avid fans of using wood to heat their homes despite other more eco-friendly alternatives such as renewable energy.

The reliance of burning wood as a main heating source is popular throughout the U.S., but its use has increased by 50% in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic regions from 2005 to 2012, said the Energy Information Administration.

If you use oil for heating, there's nothing stopping you from having a gas fireplace. Your home probably isn't equipped for natural gas, but never fear; you can install a propane fireplace, which is just as efficient as a natural gas one.

Choosing the right fireplace can be a daunting experience. You must determine what you are looking for i.e. wood, gas, heat, esthetics, efficiency, ease of use, see through, peninsula, corner are just some of the things you need to decide before heading out to buy your fireplace. There are commercial sites available, such as Woodstoves-Fireplaces.com where you can get professional help and recommendations based on what your need are.

In many parts of the country, its time to fire up the fireplace or woodstove for that ambiance and extra heat.

Fall is here, leaves are turning, days are shorter, nights are longer and a little heat in the house feels pretty good. With most homes, one of the most important elements is the fireplace. The fireplace adds style and ambience like no other appliance in the home.

With multiple fireplace systems available today, residents should ensure safety. Most common fireplaces in use are wood burning, gas vented, and gas free fireplaces. Wood burning fireplaces must be properly maintained which usually requires an annual chimney cleaning. 

Eventually, you fireplace can look old and dirty from soot and other contaminants in the fuel you burn. Cracked mortar, missing caulking and other deterioration are common. Redoing your fireplace can provide an instant update to the entire room, transforming the unit into a focal point of the room.

Here are some tips that may be helpful as you get ready for the upcoming winter season.

The first order of business is to make sure your chimney is clean. This process should be done every year regardless of use of your fireplace. Not using it could result in birds or animals having nested in the chimney and blocking the flow. Also one needs to make sure that all creosote has been removed from the chimney. Creosote is a deposit left by burning uncured wood and is a very highly flammable substance that can destroy your chimney and/or home if ignited.

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