The number of new homes with fireplaces has dropped significantly over the years. Fireplaces may seem like they’re going out of fashion, but is that really true? Are they really losing their value?
No. There are many reasons that builders are choosing not to install classic fireplaces, but that doesn’t mean that people don’t want them. A fireplace can add value (both personal and monetary) to your home.
We’re here to talk about some of the top benefits of installing a new fireplace. Read on to learn more.
They Have Visual Appeal
For most people in 2023, the main draw of having a fireplace is the visual appeal. Fireplaces make a home feel cozier by default. Even if the home is otherwise modern and minimal, a wood-burning fireplace will give it a warm and nostalgic feeling that you can’t replicate with anything else.
Fireplaces make fantastic home decorations. Whether they’re lit or not, they add an extra feature to the room. A fireplace can be a statement piece or you can use it to highlight other decor items and furniture pieces.
Fireplaces can act as shelves to hold other items. They give you a new surface to decorate and they open up more home decor options.
A fireplace will also improve the ambiance of whatever room it’s in.
When you light a fireplace, its soothing and warm glow will change the entire aesthetic of the room. It will feel immediately cozier.
It will also make the room smell better. There’s nothing quite like the smell of a warm fire. It’s better than any candle, air freshener, or incense stick.
If you’re interested in selling your home in the future, many buyers will be interested in your home for the aesthetic appeal of your fireplace(s) alone. Real fireplaces are uncommon in new builds and are often removed in renovated old homes so you’ll have an advantage.
They Lower Energy Costs
Certain types of fireplaces will lower your energy costs if you use them correctly. Lowering energy costs means that your money goes further and that the fireplaces are literally adding value to your home.
Heating a large room can cost a lot of money if you’re using a conventional heating system. One good fireplace can warm up an entire room, and if it’s a wood-burning fireplace, it can do so without using any energy at all.
If you keep your doors open throughout the house, the heat can spread. It may not keep the entire house toasty, but it should be warm enough that if you choose to also use your heater, you can have it on a lower setting.
You also won’t spend as much money lighting your home. The warm glow from the fire is perfect for reading in bed or just lounging around. You won’t need to keep your lights on all the time.
Of course, this will vary if you have a gas or electric fireplace.
When it comes to increasing your home’s value, many shoppers will look for ways to save money on heating and lighting bills when they’re choosing a new home. The fireplace has a money-saving bonus that will appeal to those specific buyers.
They Can Be Eco-Friendly
Many fireplaces are also eco-friendly.
When you’re using an electric fireplace instead of using your heat or lighting options in your home, you’re slightly reducing your energy usage. This lowers your carbon footprint.
Not all fireplaces are more environmentally-friendly than conventional heating and lighting options, so if this is something that’s important to you, you’ll need to discuss it with a professional so they can help you find the right fireplace for your home.
If you happen to choose a fireplace that is better for the environment than your average heating system, this will attract many buyers. The eco-friendly trend is in full swing. More and more people are recognizing the importance of protecting the environment and they’re choosing more sustainable options as a result.
This may make your home more appealing and you may be able to sell it for a higher price.
They Work During Power Outages
Pennsylvania and New Jersey are no strangers to thunderstorms and power outages. If you only have conventional heating and lighting options, you’ll be out of luck until the storm passes and the power company is able to get everything back on track.
If you have a traditional fireplace, however, this isn’t a problem.
During a cold autumn or winter night, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting cold when the power goes out. You can light your fireplace and keep your home warm enough to stay comfortable.
You’ll also have enough light to see and do your normal activities.
Many people recognize the value of having an alternative light and heat source and they’ll be interested in purchasing your home if you have one.
Classic Fireplaces Are Perfect for Any Home
Classic fireplaces can add serious value and aesthetic appeal to your home. They, in some cases, are better for the environment. They’re also better for your power bills, they look amazing, and they’ll keep you cozy and warm in the event of a power outage.
With all of that in mind, they’re more than worth the cost of installation. Whether you’re in your “forever home” or you’re planning on selling within the next few years, a classic fireplace is a good investment.
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