Lesser-Known Benefits of a Fireplace

February 13, 2024

Fireplaces have been a staple of homes for centuries, providing warmth and comfort during the colder months. However, the benefits of a fireplace extend beyond just providing heat. Below we explore some of the lesser-known benefits of a fireplace.

Increased Energy Efficiency

There are many energy-efficient options available. Gas fireplaces, for example, are a popular choice because they require little maintenance and produce fewer emissions than wood-burning fireplaces. Current wood burning stoves are still a safe, efficient, and clean way to heat your home with today’s high-efficiency EPA-certified units.  Electric fireplaces convert electricity directly into heat, giving electric fireplaces one of the higest efficiency rates. Since electric fireplaces don't use chimneys or vents, all the heat stays in the home.

Enhanced Mood and Relaxation

There's nothing quite like the crackling sound of a fire to help you unwind after a long day. Research has shown that the sound of a fire can actually help lower blood pressure and induce relaxation. The warm glow of a fire can create a cozy and intimate atmosphere, making it the perfect addition to a romantic evening or a family gathering. The warmth generated by the fire can have a comforting and calming effect on indiviuals and gazing at the flames can help relax your mind, reduce racing thoughts, and enhance a sense of peace.

Increased Home Value

A well-designed fireplace can add significant value to your home. Fireplaces produce the greatest ROI of any home renovation. As a result, any money spent on adding or upgrading a fireplace in your home is a terrific investment. The returns increase even more if you are adding a second fireplace to the home. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), less than 15% of houses in the US have two or more fireplaces and adding one can add up to 12% to the total value of the home. Furthermore, fireplaces are often considered a luxury item, which can make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

Emergency Heating Source

In the event of a power outage or other emergency, a fireplace can provide a reliable source of heat. While it's important to have a backup plan in case of an emergency, having a fireplace can provide peace of mind and help keep you and your family warm in the event of an unexpected power outage.

All Regency gas and wood fireplaces, stoves, and inserts radiate heat without electricity. Fireplaces provide an additional, safe light source during power outages. We install battery-powered receivers and/or ignition packs into all of our gas fireplace products as a backup power supply so you can continue to enjoy instant heat at the touch of a button in the event of a power outage.

Fireplaces offer a wide range of benefits beyond just providing heat. From improved energy efficiency to enhanced mood and relaxation, there are many reasons to consider installing a fireplace in your home. So, whether you're looking to increase your home's value or create a cozy atmosphere, a fireplace may be just what you need.