Types Of Indoor Fireplace Heaters

Indoor Fireplace Heaters

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One of the important things to consider when buying a house is the kind of heating system to install. You can choose from the different types of indoor fireplace heaters: electric, wood, oil or natural gas depending on your priorities. Each type has its share of strengths and weaknesses. Some are fuel efficient, while others are convenient to use and maintain or are friendly to the environment. Get to know their features and consider them if they can satisfy your needs.

Wood Burning Indoor Fireplace Heaters

Let’s start with the classic: wood burning heating systems. Their use dates back in the early days, yet many homes still use this old way of heating homes. It is the logical and cost efficient option for people in areas where wood is in abundance. However, residents of the city and the suburbs may shun away from this type of heating because fuel for this type is not readily available in the area. Also, wood burning indoor fireplaces also demand that the fire be tended to keep it lit and require a relatively more elaborate maintenance than the other types. Hence, they may not suit the busier city lifestyle.

Electric Indoor Fireplace Heaters

Needless to say, this type of indoor fireplace heater function through an electric baseboard or using an electric furnace or broiler. As a result, it can substantially add to your electric bill especially during the cold months. However, you can get the most out of your electric heater as it can also be used to heat water and air. You can speedily heat water using an electric furnace at your convenience. Owing to this dual purpose, electric heaters have become widely sought.

Condensing Natural Gas Indoor Fireplace Heaters

If energy efficiency is important to you, then a natural gas indoor fireplace heater may be of preference to you. Fuel utilization efficiency for this type is at 90 to 97 percent annually. Although initially it comes out more expensive because of the substantial installation cost, but this will be offset by the energy savings that you can get in the long run. You can install condensing furnaces in various sizes and if you already have a furnace in existence, you can simply have it installed using the same ducts.

Oil Burning Indoor Fireplace Heaters

This type of heater is losing popularity owing to the soaring oil prices making it less cost efficient than it previously was. It has the same dual functionality as that of electric heaters as it can also be used to heat water and air. It provides its heat through a cast-iron head burner or through a more modern and relatively efficient furnace. But still, the efficiency of the modern system is inferior to that of heaters run by natural gas which is only at 83 to 89 percent.

Indoor fireplace heaters vary in features and functionality; choose the type with facets that cater to your needs.

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