Volume XVI, Issue 1
1st Quarter 2008
have irresistible appeal. Just picturing a
fireplace conjures feelings of warmth and coziness.
Even in warmer climates where people don’t rely on
them for heat, fireplaces add charm, character and
value—about $12,000 per fireplace, according to the
National Association of REALTORS® - to homes. They
lend ambiance to just about any room, and with so
many varieties and options available, it’s easy to
see why people want them.
don’t have a fireplace in your home, it’s easier
than you might think to add one—without undergoing a
complete remodel or major construction. Gas and
electric models are more popular and affordable than
ever and easy to install. And with so many options
for every space and budget, the hardest part is
choosing one that best suits your needs.
If you do
have a fireplace in your home, whether it’s the
wood-burning, gas or electric variety, the most
important factor is maintenance. Like cars,
fireplaces need annual tune-ups. If you have a
chimney-based fireplace—traditional wood-burning or
top-vent gas—you should have a certified chimney
sweep inspect and clean the chimney at least once a
year or after approximately 80 fires. It’s also a
good idea to have a certified service technician
come out once a year to inspect other types of gas
fireplaces and replace bulbs on electric units.
Source: CRS Magazine, January 2008