With a brand new year around the corner, 2017 is a good time to invest in that wood burning fireplace you have always wanted for your home. Wood stoves are proven to provide a cost-effective heating solution for your home during the winter months.
Even during the times that they are not in use, a fireplace can add value. Homes with modern fireplaces are sought-after on the real estate market, while for those not wanting to sell or rent, fireplaces can change the look of any given room drastically with very little renovation required.
Rather than waiting until peak fireplace season, you can start the year smartly by selecting a fireplace that will add lasting value.
Why Purchase a Wood Burning Fireplace?
What are some of the top benefits offered by a wood-burning fireplace, you may be wondering? Let’s take a look…
Cost-efficient heating. Hydrofire recently did a comparison on the cost of heating your home in South Africa. This report yielded some rather interesting results, showing that wood fireplaces were by far the most affordable solution for South African homes. The reason for this is simple. Closed combustion fireplaces retain heat and burn at a far higher rate than open fireplaces, which means using less wood. Wood is cheaper than most other fuels, especially gas and paraffin. Compared to electric heaters, wood fires are more cost-effective as they heat the room rather than the entire house that may include rooms not in use. The initial cost of a fireplace is therefore regained with the savings that can be enjoyed over the years.
Cleaner heating. Wood fires are cleaner, in more ways than one. From a literal point of view, this type of fireplace is easy to clean. Wood is reduced to a small volume of ash that is easily removed with the help of a built-in tray that slides the ash into a pan. As the fire is contained behind doors, there is almost zero chance of ash and mess around the fireplace. Cleaning your fireplace is easy, with basic ash removal required between uses and routine cleaning done a few times of year to keep the glass clean. From an environmental point of view, wood smoke is far cleaner than paraffin and oil heaters. By buying sustainable local wood during the summer and storing it safely until winter, you can also have full control over the type of wood you use in your fireplace.
Cosy warmth. There is nothing quite like a roaring fire to make you feel cosy during winter. Many homeowners make the mistake of waiting until June or July to find a fireplace, only to have to wait for stock or deal with increased prices during the peak season. By getting a head start on your fireplace investment, you can be all set for winter well in advance. Once the cold weather in Cape Town arrives, you will be able to enjoy your cosy fireplace right away without having any delays.
Modern aesthetic. From a purely visual point of view, there is no doubt that modern fireplaces add value to any home. There are a wide range of styles available at Hydrofire, including freestanding and built-in fireplaces. Depending on your budget, space and preferences, you could opt for a simple small stove or something eye-catching that is integrated into a wall. Add a fireplace to your living room, patio, bedroom or even bathroom, and you will be updating the look of your home almost immediately.
Safe and simple. While any heating source requires a fair bit of caution where kids and pets are involved, closed fireplaces are a safe and easy to use alternative to heaters or open fires. The fire is contained behind safety glass, with no risk of sparks. The fireplace only uses a small amount of oxygen for the combustion process, and only smoke is exhausted through the flue, therefore the warm air from the room is not sucked out like with open fireplaces. Starting a fire is simple and fast. Once you have made your first fire, it will become as easy as could be to get amazing roaring fires going.
Hydrofire offers a bespoke selection of wood burning fireplaces that appeal to a variety of budgets and requirements. To learn more about investing in wood fireplace in 2017, simply contact us today or browse our online catalogue.