Fireplace Guide

Use this guide to find the right fireplace for your home.


Today's fireplaces combine efficiency, convenience, and style—and there are several types on the market. Use this guide to figure out which is right for you.

Updating an old fireplace or installing a new one adds warmth and comfort to your home now and increases its resale value. According to the National Association of Home Builders, a fireplace is one of the top three features homebuyers want. Luckily, adding a fireplace to an existing room doesn't have to be a major remodeling project. Inserts improve the efficiency and convenience of existing masonry fireplaces, and new venting options in gas fireplaces provide flexibility in terms of placement. For example, direct-vent fireplaces can be vented through a wall or a traditional chimney, while ventless fireplaces don't require any outside ventilation. To help you choose a model that suits your needs, we've compiled an overview of the options available and their costs.

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