Soon the hot weather will be changing and it will be time to snuggle up in front of a cozy fireplace. If you live in Houston, you know that we do not have long winters, so fireplaces become more of a decorative object than a heating source. If you live in a small home or apartment you may not have the luxury of a built-in fireplace and seek an easy way to add the ambiance of a fireplace without the mess or expense of renovating. Well, today’s technology has created many modern options to choose; gel-fuel, electric, wall mounted, and digital.
You will discover that electric and gel-fueled fireplaces are both eco-friendly. They emit no smoke or hazardous fumes and you don’t need a chimney or an outside vent. A gel fueled fireplace is easy to install. Each gel fuel can lasts approximately 3 hours. They cost around $65 dollars for a case of twenty-four. One case of gel fuel will last around 72 hours. Small fireplaces that run on gel fuel are mainly for decorative purposes rather than heating. A small fireplace that runs on electricity is easy to use as well, but the disadvantage of this type of unit is that your electricity bill may increase considerably. However, this can be cured by supervising the amount of time the fireplace is in use.
Wall-mounted fireplaces are perfect for small spaces because they take up no floor space; therefore a wall-mounted fireplace would be considered the ultimate in space saving design. This is a great option for an apartment, or a small house where space is a premium. The clean, simple lines of a wall mounted fireplace make a great choice for a modern look.
Today’s virtual/digital fireplaces consist of a DVD that you put into your television or personal computer that creates an interpretation of a crackling fire. It loops continuously until you turn it off. It may only be a reproduction of the real thing, but if you want that cozy feel that a real fireplace adds to any room, this may be the choice for you.
Wall-mounted fireplaces are increasing in popularity. With today’s technology, there are a variety of options to choose from if you want to have a cozy romantic fireplace, even in the smallest spaces. From wall-mounted to a virtual/digital fireplace, there is one to suit your home or office décor.
Resource: The Home Depot
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