Common Mistakes Homeowners Make when Purchasing a Fireplace

Failure to Consult with Local Code Enforcers
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when building a fireplace is not consulting with their local code enforcement. This is because each area has its own set of regulations for building fireplaces.

While some areas may require a permit, others may require you to have a chimney inspection before they will allow you to build the fireplace. It is important that you know what the regulations are in your area before you start construction on your new fireplace so that you don’t end up with a fireplace that doesn't meet code and can't be used.

Choice of Installers
There are many factors that you should consider when you're looking for a fireplace installer. One of the most important factors is the cost. You want to find an installer who offers competitive prices and has the best warranty. You also want to make sure that they have experience installing fireplaces in your type of home.

The next factor to consider is whether or not they offer installation services, or if you will need to hire someone else to do it for them. Some companies offer installation services, while others don't and require you to hire a contractor for that service.

Some other things that you should look into are their customer reviews, how long they've been in business, and if they offer any guarantees on their workmanship.

When it comes to the right fireplace for your home, you have plenty of options. But with so many choices, how do you know which one is the best for you?

The first thing to consider when deciding on a type of fireplace is what fuel you want to use. Wood burning fireplaces are great for people who enjoy the smell and ambiance of a wood burning fire. They are also good for those who want to save money on their heating bill by using the heat from their fireplace instead of a traditional furnace. 

Direct vent gas fireplaces are perfect if you want an option that is more environmentally friendly than wood burning fireplaces because they don't require any kindling or logs and they produce less smoke than other types of gas-fueled fireplaces.

It is important to note that the size of your fireplace does not matter. It is the BTU rating of your fireplace that will determine which size you need. The higher the BTU, the larger the firebox and chimney need to be. The square footage of your home, as well as its altitude, will also play a role in determining which size you can use. This is because when you are at higher altitudes, there are less oxygen molecules in the air, meaning it takes more BTUs to heat up your home and keep it warm. 

Quick Guide for Average BTUs needed per square foot: 

500 sq ft 

17,500 BTUs

1000 sq ft

35,000 BTUs

1500 sq ft

52,500 BTUs

2000 sq ft 

70,000 BTUs

Not having the proper venting and accessories 

There are many different accessories for fireplaces that can be added to the fireplace to improve its performance, appearance, or both. A brick liner is a type of hearth that is made out of bricks that are often used as an alternative to stone for an outdoor fire pit. A blower is a device that is used to circulate air in order to remove smoke and ash from a fireplace.A media kit consists of all the necessary parts needed for installing and maintaining a ventless gas fireplace.

In conclusion, there are many mistakes that can be made when purchasing a fireplace. Please look over these common mistakes into consideration to avoid them in the future. I hope you have enjoyed reading and learned something new about fireplaces. 

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